1929 Dress

Date: ca. 1929 - Material: Crepe - Accession: 2001.191.0001.0188

In keeping with the boyish lack-of waist, this dress has a drop waist with a skirt that begins and flairs just below the hips. The monochromatic taupe gives this dress a somber feel, yet the draped caplet with streamers and flaired skirt would give the dress a certain movement when worn. These elements point to trends that emerge in the 1930s. The first move to lengthen dresses by the late 1920s was to have uneven hemlines, is also seen in this dress.

Donated to the University of Illinois Bevier Historic Costume Collection by Mrs. Willard L. Viers. Property transfer to the Illinois State Museum, 2001.