1930-1935 Dress

Date: ca. 1930-1935 - Material: Chiffon - Accession: 2001.191.0001.0359

As the Great Depression crushed their spirits, Americans escaped to the theaters for distraction. Hollywood stars became the new arbiters of fashion. This halter dress is practically backless, as the erotic focus shifted from the legs to the back in the 1930s. The cape, typical of the period, gives the wearer a certain modesty. The key to this anklelength dress is several insets of bias cut fabric panels, which cling to the hips and provide flair on movement.

Donated to the University of Illinois Bevier Historic Costume Collection. Property transfer to the Illinois State Museum, 2001.