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Mid-20th Century Women's Garments 

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. 


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Mid-20th Century Women's Garments 
Coat of white rabbit fur inlaid with large-scale orange flowers with emerald green leaves
Coat in navy blue and white silk check
Cocktail dress in black silk faille
Coat in pale pink tinted ostrich feathers on silk gauze over grey taffeta
Ball gown of deep green silk faille
Ball gown of coral velvet, pale coral silk and applied oversize velvet dots
"Smoking" evening ensemble comprising tuxedo-style jacket and pants and black silk chiffon blouse
"Tissue-of-Diamonds" evening dress
Ensemble comprising ball gown and coat
Ball gown of purple satin and deep pink silk with horizontal rep stripes
Suit in stock dyed grey wool tweed cheviot comprising jacket and skirt
Ensemble comprising ankle-length coat and miniskirt in red vinyl
Evening ensemble comprising evening dress and coat in ice blue silk gazar
Cocktail dress of bubble gum pink worsted wool jersey with black satin trim
Dress of white cotton blend
Cocktail dress of white cotton pique with cutouts and embroidery
Dress and stole in embroidered, rhinestone studded chrome yellow linen
Ball gown of dark green silk chiffon over pale pink silk faille
Evening dress of red wool jersey and black wool crepe
Evening dress of gunmetal grey silk faille
Evening dress of white linen densely embroidered with large sequin flowers in relief
Dinner ensemble comprising coat and dress with coordinating slip
"Prairie dress" in floral printed cotton with linen machine wheel lace insertion
Dress in fuchsia, yellow and indigo boteh design printed on white Indian cotton voile
Evening ensemble in geometric printed cotton velveteen, comprising cloak and dress
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