Mount Mary University Digital Collections

Browse Items (37 total)

  • A. Brown crepe overblouse; v-shaped neckline; straight sleeves; two drapes at side; horizontal shirring at side seams; heavy black lace border at hemline and sleeves. B. Brown crepe skirt; shirred square-set yoke at center back; side zipper closure; mid-calf length. C. Brown Eugenie style hat; variegated ostrich plumes trim; brown velvet flat bows.
  • A. Black velvet overblouse; bateau neckline; heavy black scroll braid trim; left side zipper closure; cap sleeves with braid decoration. B. Dark yellow jacquard brocade skirt; fabric is diamond design; inverted pleats into straight waistband of skirt; center back closure has bustle effect; mid-calf length; lined with silk organza.
  • A. Black velvet overblouse; bateau neckline; heavy black scroll braid trim; left side zipper closure; cap sleeves with braid decoration. B. Dark yellow jacquard brocade skirt; fabric is diamond design; inverted pleats into straight waistband of skirt; center back closure has bustle effect; mid-calf length; lined with silk organza.
  • One shoulder purple velvet and taffeta gown; shoulder strap on left, built-in corset of black mesh, taffeta over-drape covering the bust and creating a large skirt to the right side, taffeta drape lined in clear polyester mesh to stiffen, left side zipper, bow on shoulder and on right side of skirt at the hip, ankle length. Line across the skirt where it probably draped across a hanger.
  • Monastic style black silk velvet evening gown; jewel neckline edged with black cording, long dolman sleeves, empire waist, cording runs through thread carriers at waistline, extended with shirring at wrist, A-line skirt, full evening length. Hand over-cast & hand finished. Lots of small tears throughout, some of which have been patched or mended. Worn by Valentina.
  • Black silk faille strapless evening gown; two turned-back triangular pieces above bust have hand-appliquéd velvet leaves, natural waist with horizontal and vertical seaming, darts and boning in bodice, full-length flared skirt has in-seam side front pockets. Completely hand-overcast and finished. Worn with black faille bolero. Worn by Valentina.
  • Black silk satin cardigan evening coat with large cut velvet flower design; neck built up, no front closure, single welt inseam pockets, straight short sleeves, flange down center back, underlined with silk organza, completely hand-overcast and finished. Worn by Valentina. Possibly 1940s fabric re-made into a coat.
  • Black silk brocade and velvet pelerine evening capelet; floral jacquard with clipped velvet design accented with jet beads. Lined with silk velvet, forms deep front facings. Edge between jacquard and velvet beaded with sequins and jet caviar beads on netting.

    Antique Spanish capelet or shawl often worn by Valentina to complement her own garments. Likely served as an inspiration for wraps and shawls she designed.
  • Dark red silk velvet bolero jacket. Standing collar, asymmetrical front closure with a hook and eye. Front is cut on the bias. Long straight sleeves, square set into the armscye. Double hand-overcasting at hemlines. Worn by Valentina.
  • Black panne velvet evening cape; jewel neckline, one hook and eye closure at the neck, center back seam, shaping through the shoulders, midcalf length, unlined, unfinished. Seams turned in and double overcast by hand. Large tear near right shoulder, opening near hem on one side has been widened. Worn by Valentina.
  • Black silk velvet evening bolero; V-shaped plunging neckline, one hook and eye closure at center front. Shaped hemline rises higher at center front, dipping at center back. Long Dolman sleeves with unusual pattern forming a gusset-like underarm seam. Unlined. Completely hand-finished with overcast seam. Worn by Valentina.
  • Dark red evening bolero jacket with scoop neckline; deeply plunging at center front. Two hook and eye closures at overlapped center front waist. Dolman sleeves with invisible piecing at cuff for a tight fit. Unlined, completely hand-overcast and finished. Worn by Valentina.
  • Crushed velvet evening gown with raglan sleeve detail and back zipper closure. Scoop neck, maxi length hemline.
  • Red and black knee-length, button front closure dress with standing collar and matching scarf. Long velvet cuffed sleeves, velvet belt with hook closure.
  • Crushed velvet evening gown with raglan sleeve detail and back zipper closure. Scoop neck, maxi length hemline.
  • Hot pink satin two-piece dress with black velvet trim. 3 tiered ruffle neckline, tie closure and cuffed sleeves. Paired with pleated skirt with ruffle hem, back zipper closure.
  • Two-piece velvet pantsuit. Single breasted jacket with appliquéd and embroidered accents, corded edges, princess seams. Paired with velvet straight leg pants, also corded at hem and yoke.
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