"Lady in Black" afternoon ensemble

Walter Florell1947

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

"Lady in Black" afternoon ensemble. A: Dress in black rayon crepe and black silk taffeta; below-knee length; taffeta front and crepe back bodice fitted through waist; high neck with white cotton pique collar and center front bow; padded shoulders; long crepe sleeves with pique at two-button cuffs; flared rayon crepe skirt; draped front apron in black taffeta with woven ball trim; half belt, tying center back waist; black plastic button closure down center front bodice, proper left side zipper closure in skirt; unlined. B: Boater hat in black straw; high crown; moderate brim; black velvet ribbon forming bow center front; glycerined black ostrich feathers. C-D: Pair of gloves in white suede; wrist-length; three welt seamed strips back palm. E-F: Pair of open-toed pumps in black polished leather; upper strap extends to toebox, fastening with self tab; 3 1/4-inch heel. Label, A: Maurice Rentner. Label, B: Walter Florell 29 East 53rd New York. Stamped, E-F: Newton Elkin. Part of "Woman of Fashion 1947" presented at the Costume Institute by Bloomingdale's in celebration of the department store's 75th anniversary.

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