"Bug" Evening dress

Ruby Hyacinth Bailey1953/1956

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY, United States

A: "Bug" Evening dress of black cotton pique and white linen printed with black and yellow jagged radiating web pattern; below-knee length; black fitted strapless bodice finishing in lilting jagged machine blanket-stitched hip level edge; full flaring skirt of web-printed ground, applied pique stylized foliate and giant topstitched flies; applied three-dimensional yellow-jacket bees embellished with iridescent cellophane, all jeweled with white brilliant eyes; center back zipper closure; sized net skirt flat lining. B-D: Three above-knee length petticoats; horsehair flaring double-flounced crinolines; nylon lisle hip yoke; elastic waist. Made and worn by Ruby Bailey.

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  • Title: "Bug" Evening dress
  • Creator: Ruby Hyacinth Bailey
  • Creator Birth Date: 1908
  • Date Created: 1953/1956
  • Provenance: Made and worn by Ruby Bailey.
  • Type: Evening dress (garment)
  • Medium: Cellophane, Piqué, Linen (material), Cotton (fiber), Horsehair, Net (textile)
  • Fashion house, designer, label: Ruby Hyacinth Bailey