This summery party dress is black rayon with a large pink, red and cream floral print. It was worn and possibly made by Mary Elinor Waterhouse Hoyler (1912-1998) of Beaufort in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The flowing skirt is pieced with four bias cut panels, a technique very flattering to the body. It has a seam at the waist but is missing its belt. There is a short metal zipper in the back seam.
Mary Elinor was married to Lt. Hamilton Hoyler, USMC, who served in the Pacific during World War II. He was at Pearl Harbor and she did not know his fate for six months. After the war, he returned to Beaufort and they had three children.
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