This printed rayon day dress probably dates to the late 1930s. The cross-over front bodice was a popular style as was the slender skirt and short sleeves. The huge plastic buttons add a bit of Art Deco panache to this attractive garment. The left side has a metal zipper, a fairly common closure at this time. Zippers aren’t seen much in dresses until the late 1930s and in the ‘40s tend to be replaced by other closures, conserving on metal for the war effort.

Our stylish dress was worn by Ruth Holmes Gadsden of Summerville. She was an active part of the social scene in the 1930s and 1940s.

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