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Dress

Description:

A two-piece dress of yellow striped moire silk, with beading, lace and georgette details. The bodice (HOYFM.388.1996a) is boned and is shaped to dip slightly at the front, fastening centre front with hook and eye closure, lined with ivory cotton. Around the wide neckline of the bodice, front and back, is a deep frill of cream (chemical) lace. On the bodice front this lace frill is surmounted with an elaborate panel of beadwork, edged with narrow black velvet ribbon. The beadwork panel is partly wired to give added structure. Short sleeves of plain yellow silk, covered with puffs of cream net. The panelled skirt is full length, extending to a small train at the back. The centre front features a panel of fine black silk georgette trimmed with bands of ruffled silk. The skirt (HOYFM.388.1996b) is part lined in ivory cotton and fastens on the left of the front centre panel, with a hook and eye closure. Narrow black velvet ribbon trims and defines sections of the skirt and hem. The centre back of the skirt features a trim of three lengths of broad ribbon, two of yellow moire silk, one of black velvet. Machine stitched throughout, with some hand sewn finishing. Worn by Edith Palmer Smith (born in Glenburn, Pennsylvania, USA) prior to her marriage in 1901 to John Cory Johnston, Rector of Abbey Church, Dublin.