How would you like to wear this evening gown to the Red Cross Ball? In 1968, Marjorie Merriweather Post did just that. The daughter of General Foods tycoon, C.W. Post may have been born into the middle class, but by the end of her life had collected an impressive array of clothing--and houses. Some of her collection now belongs to the Smithsonian and can be seen in the exhibit "Ingenue to Icon". Don't miss a chance to see #70fasionfilledyears.
Chair Detail, Hillwood Estate, Museum IMG_7401 Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC. The home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Photograph by Dolores Kelley. Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Evening dress, 1909-11, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post. This garment represents a typical late Edwardian party dress with a high waist and fitted upper body placed on a boned bodice. Other typical features are the short, "tulip" shaped sleeves and square neckline. The under-base of the skirt is yellow silk taffeta with an over-layer of grey silk organza embroidered with flowers in green cotton thread. The dress has a formal evening train.