Mount Mary University Digital Collections

Browse Items (37 total)

  • 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 beret; pink headsize band. B. Red and black feather hat ornament. C. White and natural ostrich feather plume. D. Blue ostrich feather plume.
  • 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 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 wool felt breton hat; upturned part of brim is covered in strip of black velvet; brim is wider in front; hot pink headsize band; not lined.
  • Purple velvet evening coat with machine-embroidered pink roses and metallic green leaves; small embroidered green leaves scattered throughout. A-line; winged collar; three fabric covered buttons and bound buttonhole center front closure; swing shape; drop shoulder sleeves with two diagonal darts at wrist; inseam pockets; midcalf length; lined in brownish red satin. Worn by Valentina. Possibly not designed by Valentina due to different construction techniques, but instead a costume built by Kerenskaya.
  • Black velvet cocktail dress; straight silhouette; scoop neckline; long set-in sleeves; dropped waistline; gold leaves around seam between bodice and skirt; pleated skirt; center back zipper closure; knee length.

    Worn by donor, Janet Falk.
  • Brown Eugenie style hat; variegated ostrich plumes trim; brown velvet flat bows.

    Worn with overblouse (Object ID #1996.309.A) and skirt (Object ID #1996.309.B) to form three piece ensemble.
  • Black and green feather pattern velvet vest; back of vest is solid black wool; jewel collar; double-breasted with 8 silver filigree button closure; front has princess line seams; back has modified princess line; waist length; lined in red and green plaid cotton.
  • Child's black and gold bouffant dress; black velvet bodice with gold dots; gold brocade skirt; jewel neckline with gold trim; short puffed sleeves with gold brocade bows; zipper closure; black lining; A-line skirt, pleated; knee length.
  • A. Coral silk chiffon dress; jewel neckline; bodice darts; short sleeves; short tie at back neck; side zipper closure; waistline seam; flared skirt; skirt is 3 layers: 2 coral chiffon and 1 white chiffon; knee length. B. Pink velvet belt. This item was created by Norman Norell for Traina-Norell fashion house.
  • A. Ivory silk shantung cocktail dress; cut velvet "cloverleaf" pattern; A-line; jewel neckline; straight sleeves with 2 button closure; deep double inverted pleats at right side front only; above the knee length. C. Self-fabric sash.

    Note: this image shows only two pieces of a three piece ensemble, the dress (Object ID #1989.45.a) and the sash (Object ID #1989.45.c). The vest (Object ID #1989.45.b) is part of "Dress and vest" linked below.
  • A. Ivory silk shantung cocktail dress; cut velvet "cloverleaf" pattern; A-line; jewel neckline; straight sleeves with 2 button closure; deep double inverted pleats at right side front only; above the knee length. B. Ivory silk shantung vest; cut velvet "cloverleaf" pattern; bolero length; heavily beaded border.

    Note: this image shows only two pieces of a three piece ensemble, the dress (Object ID #1989.45.a) and the vest (Object ID #1989.45.b). The sash (Object ID #1989.45.c) is part of "Dress and sash" linked below.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Ivory satin evening gown; design of cut velvet flowers; sleeveless; mandarin collar. Performance evening gown worn by Hildegarde.
  • A. Mauve silk charmeuse evening gown; trimmed in burgundy silk velvet at neckline and armscyes; plunging neckline at front and back; sleeveless; bias cut; mermaid silhouette; unlined; ankle length. B. Burgundy velvet belt; lined with mauve silk charmeuse; ties at side.

    According to Sister Aloyse Hessburg, this gown is a copy of the bronze gown by Chauvel (2012.01.51.AB). This gown is attributed to "Cafe de Paris in London by Ilene Adair."
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