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Mid-20th Century Women's Garments
The Museum holds a striking collection of mid-20th century garments worn by notable New York women and created by celebrated designers. The women's costumes, ranging from jumpsuits to evening gowns, document the city’s arrival as a fashion capital, and date from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Thanks to the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Museum can now publicly share this collection online.
Suit in black silk and nylon cloque, comprising jacket and skirt

Suit in black silk and nylon cloque, comprising jacket and skirt

Suit comprising jacket and skirt in black silk and nylon cloque. A: Semifitted, single-breasted jacket;...

Evening ensemble of bodice and skirt in black satin with jet bead trim

Evening ensemble of bodice and skirt in black satin with jet bead trim

Evening ensemble of black satin. A: Fitted, princess-style bodice; hip-length; U-neckline; sleeveless;...

Dinner dress in light brown cotton organdy with floral embroidery overall

Dinner dress in light brown cotton organdy with floral embroidery overall

Dinner dress and matching belt in light brown cotton organdy. A: Dress embroidered allover in pink cotton...

"Noh" jacket and "Panung" style skirt in green and blue novelty wool

"Noh" jacket and "Panung" style skirt in green and blue novelty wool

Jacket and skirt in sea green lurex and blue, sea green and black hand-loomed novelty wool twill . A:...

Suit with jacket and skirt in black wool pile

Suit with jacket and skirt in black wool pile

Suit in black wool pile. A: Fitted, waist-length jacket with stand-up collar and long kimono sleeves;...

Ensemble comprising jacket, skirt and overblouse in hand-loomed wool chevron twill

Ensemble comprising jacket, skirt and overblouse in hand-loomed wool chevron twill

A: Chevron twill, hand-loomed jacket; variegated worsted and nubby wool in moss green, grey green and...

"Noh" jacket and skirt in double-faced charcoal grey and light grey wool melton

"Noh" jacket and skirt in double-faced charcoal grey and light grey wool melton

A: Double-faced charcoal grey wool melton "Noh" jacket; kimono style, A-line; thigh-length; cardigan...

Suit ensemble comprising bolero jacket and skirt

Suit ensemble comprising bolero jacket and skirt

A: Bolero jacket of brown and black houndstooth, tufted and combed mohair pile; collarless round neckline;...

Day ensemble in black, brown, white, rose, and green knit wool

Day ensemble in black, brown, white, rose, and green knit wool

Day ensemble comprising dress and jacket in black, brown, white, rose, and moss green Linton plaid wool...

Suit in magenta and violet mohair bouclé

Suit in magenta and violet mohair bouclé

A: Magenta mohair bouclé jacket; single-breasted; fitted; hip-length; rolled bolster collar on round...

Dress in cadmium orange wool jersey with orange leather belt

Dress in cadmium orange wool jersey with orange leather belt

A: Cadmium orange wool jersey dress; fitted at high waist under bust, straight skirt gathered in back;...

Suit comprising jacket in cream wool crepe twill and skirt in bright red wool crepe

Suit comprising jacket in cream wool crepe twill and skirt in bright red wool crepe

A: Cream wool crepe twill jacket; crotch-length; single-breasted; wide notched collar; barrel sleeves;...

Evening dress with overall black beads

Evening dress with overall black beads

Evening dress of black net with applied black sequins, jet beads, and ribbon floral design all over;...

Day ensemble comprising coordinating suede coat and houndstooth dress

Day ensemble comprising coordinating suede coat and houndstooth dress

Day ensemble comprising coordinating coat and dress. A: Camel suede coat, slightly A-line; double-breasted;...

Ensemble in greige and plaid wool gabardine comprising coat and dress

Ensemble in greige and plaid wool gabardine comprising coat and dress

Day ensemble in griege worsted novelty gabardine and contrasting golden ochre with red and black tatersall...

Day ensemble comprising coat in brown, yellow and taupe plaid wool twill and dress in canary yellow gabardine

Day ensemble comprising coat in brown, yellow and taupe plaid wool twill and dress in canary yellow gabardine

Day ensemble in canary yellow gabardine and brown plaid wool twill. A: Plaid flannel coat, single-breasted;...

Evening dress in cotton patchwork with striped and printed overskirt

Evening dress in cotton patchwork with striped and printed overskirt

A: Patchwork dress of bold primary color floral and foulard prints on cotton; shirtwaist bodice with...

Evening dress in Indian-style floral brocade on peacock-blue silk ground

Evening dress in Indian-style floral brocade on peacock-blue silk ground

A: Dress in peacock blue silk ground brocaded with fine stylized floral; full-length; fitted bodice with...

Dress in black and white double-knit wool

Dress in black and white double-knit wool

A: Heavy black and white double-knit wool dress, black ground with contrasting four-petal stylized floral...

Dress in chrome yellow and bright pink vinyl

Dress in chrome yellow and bright pink vinyl

Chrome yellow bodice and bright pink vinyl skirt; mini-length; round neckline; sleeveless; drop-waist;...

Ensemble comprising tunic and pair of shorts

Ensemble comprising tunic and pair of shorts

Orange, red and black synthetic jersey knit with allover cable motif. A: Thigh-length tunic; stand-up...

Ensemble comprising dress with belt

Ensemble comprising dress with belt

A: Orange wool jersey dress; shift, mini-length; round neckline; long barrel sleeves; wide pleating down...

Minidress of navy wool jersey

Minidress of navy wool jersey

Navy wool jersey dress; shift, mini-length; tan stand-up collar; long sleeves; two horizontal slit pockets...

Evening ensemble with evening dress in American Beauty red satin and coat in pink marabou

Evening ensemble with evening dress in American Beauty red satin and coat in pink marabou

A: Evening dress of American Beauty red silk satin; straight, knee-length; stand-up collar; sleeveless;...

Suit comprising tweed cape and skirt, belt and black knit blouse

Suit comprising tweed cape and skirt, belt and black knit blouse

Ensemble of black, white, and tan Scottish tweed. A: Oval, knee-length cape with round neckline and collar;...

Dinner dress in dark brown silk with separate ostrich feather collar

Dinner dress in dark brown silk with separate ostrich feather collar

A: Dark brown silk A-line dress; floor-length; jewel neckline; long sleeves trimmed with brown and white...

Paper dress in blue, pink, purple, and green, with bust sash

Paper dress in blue, pink, purple, and green, with bust sash

Paper dress printed in shades of blue, pink, purple, and green in curvilinear "psychedelic" motifs. A:...

Evening suit comprising black sequined jacket and skirt with pink silk blouse and belt

Evening suit comprising black sequined jacket and skirt with pink silk blouse and belt

Evening suit. A: Jacket of black sequins on silk ground; slightly fitted; double-breasted; thigh-length;...

Evening pajamas of peach velvet and peach chiffon

Evening pajamas of peach velvet and peach chiffon

Tunic of chiffon woven with zigzag pattern of iridescent peach-colored velvet over attached single piece...

Evening gown with turquoise blue beaded bodice and creme satin skirt

Evening gown with turquoise blue beaded bodice and creme satin skirt

Evening gown with turquoise blue satin bodice applied with beads, sequins and rhinestones in shades of...

Cocktail dress of black silk crepe

Cocktail dress of black silk crepe

Cocktail dress of black silk crepe; shift; knee-length; bateau neckline; sleeveless, thin black crepe...

Dress in pink wool garbadine

Dress in pink wool garbadine

A-line summer dress in pink wool gabardine; above-knee length; square neckline at collarbone; sleeveless,...

Dress of black cashmere jersey printed with patterns in green, blue, purple and white

Dress of black cashmere jersey printed with patterns in green, blue, purple and white

Dress of black cashmere jersey printed with floral and swirl patterns in shades of blue, green, purple...

Evening ensemble in cream and tan wool with lace blouse

Evening ensemble in cream and tan wool with lace blouse

A: Tan cashmere twill skirt; slightly flared and gathered to waistband at natural waist; full-length;...

Redingote coat in fine black faille

Redingote coat in fine black faille

Redingote coat in fine black silk faille; single-breasted; narrow waist, full skirt; below mid-calf length;...

Mini dress of red worsted wool

Mini dress of red worsted wool

A-line minidress of red worsted wool; square neckline; cap sleeves; trimmed with horizontal faggoted...

Dress in floral print on white velveteen ground

Dress in floral print on white velveteen ground

Dress of black, purple, orange and bright pink floral print on white velveteen ground; straight, slightly...

Dress in floral and abstract geometric printed silk jersey

Dress in floral and abstract geometric printed silk jersey

Straight dress in silk jersey, abstract floral and geometric print in shades of pink, tan, black and...

Dress with allover black sequins and white fabric rose at waist

Dress with allover black sequins and white fabric rose at waist

A-line dress in black sequins on silk ground; above-knee length; jewel neckline; short sleeves; black...

Evening dress of green, white, and pink horizontally striped silk organza

Evening dress of green, white, and pink horizontally striped silk organza

A: Green, pink, and white horizontal striped silk organza dress; A-line; full-length; cap sleeves; back...

Dress in black silk jersey

Dress in black silk jersey

Dress in black silk jersey; below-knee length; fitted tucked and draped bodice; deep off-the-shoulder...

Day dress of black matelasse with square motif

Day dress of black matelasse with square motif

Day dress of black silk matelasse with square motif; slightly A-line, fitted at waist; princess-style;...

Cocktail dress and stole of black silk brocaded with red and green stylized floral motif

Cocktail dress and stole of black silk brocaded with red and green stylized floral motif

Cocktail ensemble of brocaded silk twill, black ground with red and green stylized floral pattern. A:...

Dress of printed silk jersey in shades of olive green, pink, orange and off-white

Dress of printed silk jersey in shades of olive green, pink, orange and off-white

Dress of abstract floral printed silk jersey in shades of olive green, pink, and orange on an off-white...

Jumpsuit of silk jersey printed in black, purple, plum, olive green, orange, chartruese, white and shades of pink

Jumpsuit of silk jersey printed in black, purple, plum, olive green, orange, chartruese, white and shades of pink

Jumpsuit of silk jersey printed in black, purple, plum, olive green, orange, chartruese, white and shades...

Evening dress in overlapped leaves of black point d'esprit

Evening dress in overlapped leaves of black point d'esprit

A: Evening dress in black point d'esprit, cut in leaf shapes and layered in graduating size, small to...

Coat dress in brown and white tweed with brown leather belt

Coat dress in brown and white tweed with brown leather belt

A: Coat dress in heavy brown and white tweed; slightly fitted; knee- length; pointed collar; long barrel...

Evening ensemble in white silk and linen blend, comprising middy blouse and skirt

Evening ensemble in white silk and linen blend, comprising middy blouse and skirt

Evening ensemble in white silk and linen blend. A: Straight, unfitted hip-length blouse; middy collar...

Evening dress of dark teal jersey with dark teal sequins applied all over

Evening dress of dark teal jersey with dark teal sequins applied all over

Evening dress of dark teal silk jersey, dark teal sequins individually applied all over; straight with...

Ensemble in grey wool twill, comrpising dress, jacket, and belt

Ensemble in grey wool twill, comrpising dress, jacket, and belt

A: Dress, fitted black wool bodice attached to flared heavy grey wool twill skirt; knee-length; boat...

Day dress of olive green silk matelasse

Day dress of olive green silk matelasse

Day dress of olive green silk matelasse. Straight, loosely fitted; below-knee length; V-neck in front...

Evening ensemble comprising dress and coat of pink silk and silver metallic floral brocade

Evening ensemble comprising dress and coat of pink silk and silver metallic floral brocade

Pink silk brocaded with silver metallic yarn in floral sprig motif. A: Straight evening gown with fitted...

Evening dress in white silk gazar with black bead trim

Evening dress in white silk gazar with black bead trim

Evening dress in white silk gazar; A-line, fitted bodice, full skirt; floor-length; strapless, straight...

Evening dress in wool printed with floral centered diamond motif

Evening dress in wool printed with floral centered diamond motif

Evening dress in printed wool with large floral centered diamond motif in pink, orange, grey and red,...

Cocoon coat in ivory worsted wool doublefaced gabardine

Cocoon coat in ivory worsted wool doublefaced gabardine

Coat in ivory worsted wool doublefaced gabardine; cocoon-shaped, single-breasted; knee-length; rolled...

Dress in beige and gold brocaded wool

Dress in beige and gold brocaded wool

Dress in beige and gold floral brocaded wool; fitted bodice, full skirt; below-knee length; small rolled...

Dress of off-white wool with bands of faggoting, with satin ribbon belt

Dress of off-white wool with bands of faggoting, with satin ribbon belt

A: Off-white wool dress, horizontal ribs joined with faggoting; straight with fitted bodice; above-knee...

Dress of white wool floral embroidery on net over silk faille

Dress of white wool floral embroidery on net over silk faille

Dress of white wool floral embroidery on net, over silk faille; straight, slightly shaped to waist; above-knee...

Cocktail dress of grey wool flannel with rhinestone trim

Cocktail dress of grey wool flannel with rhinestone trim

Cocktail dress of grey wool flannel; A-line; above-knee length; square neck; sleeveless; waistline slightly...

Caftan of purple raw silk with raspberry and gold soutache trim

Caftan of purple raw silk with raspberry and gold soutache trim

Caftan of purple raw silk; straight, unfitted; floor-length; jewel neck; sleeveless; slit from knee to...

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