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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.
Evening gown in coral chiffon with jacket in metallic coral/gold/green/brown horizontally striped silk

Evening gown in coral chiffon with jacket in metallic coral/gold/green/brown horizontally striped silk

Dress in coral chiffon; straight with fitted bodice; floor-length; high, round neck in front, open back;...

Evening pajamas comprising blouse and pants in black cellophane-shot chiffon cut velvet

Evening pajamas comprising blouse and pants in black cellophane-shot chiffon cut velvet

Evening pajamas comprising blouse and pants of black chiffon cut velvet in fine stripes shot with cellophane....

Afternoon ensemble comprising coat, blouse and skirt in wool mohair boucle

Afternoon ensemble comprising coat, blouse and skirt in wool mohair boucle

A: Wool, mohair boucle coat in white, dark grey, grey, and brown large houndstooth check; straight; single-breasted;...

Cocktail dress in alternating silver and white sequin bands

Cocktail dress in alternating silver and white sequin bands

Cocktail dress in alternating silver and white horizontal sequin bands, on wool ground; shift; above-knee...

Coat in chrome yellow double-faced wool

Coat in chrome yellow double-faced wool

A-line coat in chrome yellow double-faced wool; double-breasted; knee-length; rounded notched collar;...

Dinner ensemble comprising wool coat and matching silk blouse and skirt

Dinner ensemble comprising wool coat and matching silk blouse and skirt

Dinner ensemble comprising wool coat and matching silk blouse and skirt. A: Wool boucle coat knitted...

Coat made from Spanish wool manta coverlet

Coat made from Spanish wool manta coverlet

Evening coat of wool, made from Spanish manta coverlet; white ground, black woven floral sprigs and symmetrical...

Evening ensemble comrpising dress and jacket in Indian sari silk

Evening ensemble comrpising dress and jacket in Indian sari silk

A: Evening dress of ivory Indian sari silk, brocaded in gold plaid and gold/red/green horizontal palmettes...

Afternoon dress in blue linen and coral beading

Afternoon dress in blue linen and coral beading

Afternoon dress in blue linen; below-knee length; fitted bodice; front U-neckline embroidered with coral...

Evening dress of bright pink and lemon yellow silk crepe

Evening dress of bright pink and lemon yellow silk crepe

Evening dress of bright pink crepe overdress and lemon yellow silk crepe underdress; straight, unfitted;...

Evening ensemble comprising dress and cape of navy blue  worsted wool crepe with coq feathers

Evening ensemble comprising dress and cape of navy blue worsted wool crepe with coq feathers

Evening ensemble comprising dress and cape of navy blue worsted crepe. A: Bias-cut, floor-length strapless...

Ensemble comprising cocktail dress and stole of purple chiffon with applied ostrich feathers

Ensemble comprising cocktail dress and stole of purple chiffon with applied ostrich feathers

Ensemble comprising dress and stole of violet chiffon, violet ostrich feather tips glued on surface.A:...

Evening dress in divided black and white double-knit wool jersey

Evening dress in divided black and white double-knit wool jersey

Evening dress in double-knit wool jersey, proper left side white, proper right side black, divided at...

Evening dress in beige silk twill and heavy guipure beige cotton lace

Evening dress in beige silk twill and heavy guipure beige cotton lace

Evening dress with bodice of heavy guipure beige cotton lace on silk organdy, skirt of beige silk twill;...

Evening ensemble comprising ball gown in off-white silk faille and stole in vermillion silk crepe

Evening ensemble comprising ball gown in off-white silk faille and stole in vermillion silk crepe

A: Ball gown of off-white silk faille; fitted bodice with flared skirt; full-length; round neckline;...

Dinner dress of light brown organdy with white floral embroidery

Dinner dress of light brown organdy with white floral embroidery

Dinner dress of chocolate brown organdy embroidered in cotton floss with white flowers & leaves; fitted...

Day dress of deep blue heavy worsted wool crepe

Day dress of deep blue heavy worsted wool crepe

Day dress of deep blue heavy worsted wool crepe; straight, unfitted; above-knee length; cowl collar ending...

Dinner dress of black worsted wool crepe with ostrich feathers

Dinner dress of black worsted wool crepe with ostrich feathers

Dinner dress of black worsted wool crepe; shift; above-knee length; stand-up collar; long straight sleeves...

Day suit in pastel blue, pink and yellow plaid mohair boucle comprising jacket and skirt

Day suit in pastel blue, pink and yellow plaid mohair boucle comprising jacket and skirt

Day ensemble in mohair boucle in pastel blue, pink and yellow plaid. A: Straight dress with fitted bodice;...

Cocktail dress with matching scarf and briefs in floral pattern on green silk

Cocktail dress with matching scarf and briefs in floral pattern on green silk

A: Cocktail dress of printed watercolor-effect blue, purple and pink flowers on green silk twill ground;...

Coat in light blue wool fleece

Coat in light blue wool fleece

Single-breasted coat in light blue wool fleece; straight, unfitted; knee-length; wide notched collar,...

Cocktail dress in black slubbed silk printed in pink, white and green rose pattern

Cocktail dress in black slubbed silk printed in pink, white and green rose pattern

Cocktail dress in black slubbed silk printed in pink, white and green rose pattern; below-knee length;...

Evening ensemble comprising, jacket, dress and belt

Evening ensemble comprising, jacket, dress and belt

Evening ensemble in widely ribbed pale silver silk faille, woven with black velvet coin dots. A: Straight,...

Evening dress of oyster white crepe satin with four large applied silver sequin, bead and rhinestone butterflies

Evening dress of oyster white crepe satin with four large applied silver sequin, bead and rhinestone butterflies

Evening dress of oyster white crepe satin; straight, floor-length; jewel neckline; long straight sleeves;...

Evening ensemble comprising dress of emerald green velvet and jacket of emerald green silk leaves

Evening ensemble comprising dress of emerald green velvet and jacket of emerald green silk leaves

A: Evening dress of emerald green silk velvet; fitted bodice with straight tubular skirt; full-length;...

Ensemble in vermilion double-woven worsted wool broadcloth comprising jacket and dress

Ensemble in vermilion double-woven worsted wool broadcloth comprising jacket and dress

Ensemble in vermilion double-woven worsted wool broadcloth. A: A-line, princess-style dress; above-knee...

Ensemble of dress and coat in worsted wool, brown and white lozenge-pattern dobby weave and twill

Ensemble of dress and coat in worsted wool, brown and white lozenge-pattern dobby weave and twill

Ensemble in double-faced worsted wool, brown and white lozenge-pattern dobby weave, reversing to camel...

Evening jacket in gold and red striped lame with applied sequins

Evening jacket in gold and red striped lame with applied sequins

Evening jacket, gold and red striped lame with rows of green sequins, red, green, clear and gold plastic...

Evening dress in black silk gazar and white organza

Evening dress in black silk gazar and white organza

A-line, floor-length evening dress in black silk gazar; round neckline; 3/4 length flared raglan sleeves;...

Beach ensemble in abstract swirl print of white, fuschia, pink, lime green, turquoise and orange, comprising pants, overblouse, tunic jacket and bag

Beach ensemble in abstract swirl print of white, fuschia, pink, lime green, turquoise and orange, comprising pants, overblouse, tunic jacket and bag

Beach ensemble in abstract swirl print of white, fuschia, pink, lime green, turquoise and orange. A:...

Evening dress of light pink silk twill with rhinestone, bead, and floral embellished sleeves

Evening dress of light pink silk twill with rhinestone, bead, and floral embellished sleeves

A-line, princess-style evening dress in light pink silk twill; floor-length; off-the-shoulder square...

Evening caftan of ombre green slubbed silk, with belt

Evening caftan of ombre green slubbed silk, with belt

A: Finely slubbed ombre green silk evening caftan; fully draped with fitted waist and gathered skirt;...

Evening dress in purple silk crepe

Evening dress in purple silk crepe

Purple silk crepe evening dress; A-line; high waist under bust, bias skirt; full-length; low V-neck,...

"Ghillie Suit" comprising cape, sleeveless coat and dress

"Ghillie Suit" comprising cape, sleeveless coat and dress

A: Taupe Scottish ghillie cloth cape; fly-away cut; low-waist length; rolled collar; side seams flaring...

Dress of natural, loosely woven, slubbed linen

Dress of natural, loosely woven, slubbed linen

Dress in undyed loosely woven, slightly slubbed linen; straight, princess-style; floor-length; wide,...

Paper dress in printed red, blue, turquoise, white, green and purple stripes

Paper dress in printed red, blue, turquoise, white, green and purple stripes

A-line dress of paper, printed in red, blue, turquoise, white, green and purple diagonal stripes; knee-length;...

Dinner dress in off-white silk twill with floral embroidery of silk thread, sequins, beads and piping

Dinner dress in off-white silk twill with floral embroidery of silk thread, sequins, beads and piping

Dinner dress in off-white silk twill; A-line sheath; full-length; jewel neckline; bracelet-length sleeves;...

Ensemble comprising dress in black crash linen and jacket in ivory crash linen

Ensemble comprising dress in black crash linen and jacket in ivory crash linen

Dress and jacket ensemble. A: Black crash linen dress; princess-style sheath; full-length; square neckline;...

"Rosie the Riveter," muted blue wool jumpsuit

"Rosie the Riveter," muted blue wool jumpsuit

Muted blue wool treated gabardine jumpsuit; convertible collar; long barrel sleeves; front panels double...

Suit in dark red/black plain weave wool tweed

Suit in dark red/black plain weave wool tweed

Suit comprising coat and skirt in dark red and black plain-weave wool tweed. A: Box-shaped, single-breasted...

Jumpsuit of black leather and wool rib knit with hood

Jumpsuit of black leather and wool rib knit with hood

Fitted full-length jumpsuit in black leather; three-panel black wool rib knit square hood, falling as...

"Robe de style" evening dress in black silk velvet

"Robe de style" evening dress in black silk velvet

"Robe de style" evening gown of black silk velvet; fitted bodice with full skirt, princess-style; floor-length;...

"Mermaid" evening dress of black sequins and metallic peacock-blue paillettes

"Mermaid" evening dress of black sequins and metallic peacock-blue paillettes

Evening dress of black silk jersey embroidered overall with black sequins and metallic peacock-blue paillettes;...

Evening dress of Alizarin crimson cannele silk

Evening dress of Alizarin crimson cannele silk

Evening dress in Alizarin crimson cannele silk; A-line sheath; floor-length; high round neckline; 3/4-length...

Dress in cadmium red wool twill

Dress in cadmium red wool twill

Dress comprising dress, skirt, and belt in cadmium red wool twill. A; Straight sheath dress; below-knee...

"Mermaid" evening dress of cream silk jersey with applied gold, blue and silver toned sequins

"Mermaid" evening dress of cream silk jersey with applied gold, blue and silver toned sequins

Evening dress of cream silk jersey completely machine embroidered with gold, blue and silver sequins...

Evening ensemble of coat, dress, and underdress

Evening ensemble of coat, dress, and underdress

Evening ensemble of coat, dress, and underdress in double layer white nylon net embroidered overall with...

Evening dress in patterned gilt and silver lurex animal-print motifs

Evening dress in patterned gilt and silver lurex animal-print motifs

Evening dress in tan silk and gilt lurex damask bodice in jungle-cat motif, gilt-silver lurex damask...

Short-sleeved coat of pale grey wool tweed

Short-sleeved coat of pale grey wool tweed

Coat of pale grey wool tweed; straight, unfitted; single-breasted; knee-length; high rolled collar; short...

Dress in cocoa brown plain-weave linen with black mod stripe

Dress in cocoa brown plain-weave linen with black mod stripe

Shift dress in cocoa brown linen plain-weave; knee-length; high round neckline; sleeveless; black linen...

Evening dress in powder blue and off-white Spanish cotton lace

Evening dress in powder blue and off-white Spanish cotton lace

Powder blue bodice and off-white skirt, heavily sized Spanish cotton mechanical lace evening dress; fitted...

Dress of white slubbed densely woven dotted cotton, with underdress and sash

Dress of white slubbed densely woven dotted cotton, with underdress and sash

Dress ensemble comprising overdress, underdress, and sash in white slubbed densely woven dotted cotton....

Dress of red, green and black plaid wool twill

Dress of red, green and black plaid wool twill

Dinner dress of bias-cut red, green and black plaid wool twill; straight, fitted; below-knee length;...

Evening coat of black machine matelasse velvet

Evening coat of black machine matelasse velvet

Evening coat of black machine matelasse velvet in pebbled rose pattern; A-line, flared skirt; knee-length;...

Baby doll cocktail dress in black chantilly lace

Baby doll cocktail dress in black chantilly lace

Baby doll cocktail dress in black machine chantilly lace; lace shirred and connected to boned black silk...

Strapless cocktail dress in tomato red linen gauze

Strapless cocktail dress in tomato red linen gauze

Cocktail dress in tomato red linen gauze; fitted bodice with full draped skirt; knee-length; strapless,...

Black cocktail dress with overall applique of black sequins

Black cocktail dress with overall applique of black sequins

Cocktail dress of black silk faille ground applied allover with black sequins; knee-length; lightly boned...

Evening dress of figured gold lame

Evening dress of figured gold lame

Evening dress of gold lame compound weave figured with bronze-outlined, yellow-centered white satin daisies;...

Evening coat of powder blue wool

Evening coat of powder blue wool

Evening coat in powder blue heavy wool; A-line, double-breasted; full-length; rolled collar completely...

Dress in pale lemon yellow organdy with floral cutwork

Dress in pale lemon yellow organdy with floral cutwork

Dress of machine-embroidered silk cutwork with three-dimensional hand-applied flower centers, over pale...

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