What could be more summery than a party dress of yellow chiffon? This Emma Domb fashion, c. 1950, has a gathered bodice, encased stays and a back zipper. The full gathered skirt is over net and acetate lining.

It was given to the Museum by Charlestonian Margaretta Childs (1912-2000) and may have been worn by her. With a PhD from Johns Hopkins, Mrs. Childs was an archivist and librarian, She was a member of the Charleston Interracial Committee from its inception in the 1940s, and a supporter of Amnesty International, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the World Jewish Congress. She was active in efforts to preserve historic buildings in Charleston.

Emma Domb was a California dressmaking company active from 1939 through the 1970s, owned by Emma Domb and Lorraine Domb Steinberg. They specialized in wedding, party, cocktail and prom dresses. Their ‘50s fashions were known for their accentuated bodices and full, flowing skirts.

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday