Aqua blue silk-blend faille cocktail dress, c. 1960. Fashioned by Tailored Junior, this dress was worn by Faye James (1944-), the daughter of William Fairey James and Margaret Ellen Chandler. She married Edward L. Pender of Columbia.

Tailored Junior was a mid-priced line of dresses for teenage girls and young women. We know they were in business at least from 1939 through the 1950s. In the 1950s, they were known for their full-waisted dresses that almost “floated” due to the lightweight fabrics selected. This cute dress has faceted buttons down the front and side seam zipper at left opening. The full skirt falls in soft pleats from the waist which has a wide gathered sash. The ¾ kimono sleeves (cut in one with the body of the garment) add to the sweet silhouette.

The dress was given to the Museum by Faye’s mother in 1977.

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