Black and white dotted silk chiffon dress with matching jacket, 1920s. This incredibly sheer dress has no lining and delicate lingerie edges. The sleeveless dress has a V neckline in front with a tapering collar extension ending in a long narrow tie. The little unlined jacket is open down the front and has long sleeves that flare out below the elbow, echoing the bias-cut, flared skirt which extends from a low, zig-zag seam.

This swingy flapper-era outfit was worn by Ruth Holmes Gadsden (1895-1980), who was well-known in Summerville, SC society circles.

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