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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet of black plastic tubing. Formed as an open circular crown, the hatlet is composed of three sections of black tubing shaped as crescents, attached at points. Overlaid with black net veiling with sections of black tubing affixed at some intersections. Crown is lined with black mesh, and edged in black velvet. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of William T. Doyle, from the estate of Dorothy Wrigley Offield, through the Chicago Historical Society.
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet of navy blue appliques. The hatlet is composed of a small square or diamond shaped skullcap of dark blue mesh overlaid with dark blue braid appliques in scrolling forms decorated with french knots. Around the four sides are further triangular shaped appliques, wired along the edges, to stand up around the crown. Affixed near the lower edges of the hatlet is dark blue net veil. Hatlet is lined with blue mesh and edged with a thin band of dark navy blue velvet. At either side are small plastic combs to secure hatlet to wearer's head. Designer's Label: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of Mr. William T. Doyle, through the Chicago Historical Society. From the estate of Dorothy Wrigley Offield.
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet of brown velvet and plastic. Hatlet in calot (also spelled "calotte") style. Low circular domed crown of deep copper brown velvet is edged with band consisting of seven diamond-shaped plastic tortoiseshell plaques threaded and tied on two strands of brown plastic tubing. Surmounting hat is fine veil of brown netting. Crown is lined with brown mesh and edged with inner hatband of brown grosgrain ribbon. Three plastic combs are attached to inner hatband to secure hatlet to wearer's head. Designer's Label: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago" Gift of William T. Doyle, from the estate of Dorothy Wrigley Offield, through the Chicago Historical Society.
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet of modified calot type with brown, beige, white, blue and green feathers, the whole covered with a very fine veil sprinkled with tiny rhinestones. Inside of crown lined at center with a green silk(?), edged with green grosgrain ribbon. Outer part of crown lined in a green knit material. Attached to grosgrain ribbon are Hatpin of matching material. Lined in green fabric. Two combs attached to both sides of green grosgrain headband. No labels. Attributed to Bes-Ben at time of donation. Gift of Mr. William T. Doyle, through the Chicago Historical Society. From the estate of Dorothy Wrigley Offield.
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of yellow plastic/vinyl tubing. Top of crown formed of a coil of the tubing bent into a square or diamond shape, encircled by more coiled tubing forming a circle, leaving open areas. The sides of the crown have other open areas, and form slight scallops at lower edge. Extending through the tubing from upper edge of crown is black net veiling, with small pieces of the yellow tubing worked into some of the intersections of the veiling. Interior of crown lined with yellow mesh, cut away at openings, and edged with a thin strip of beige/yellow velvet. Two small plastic combs are attached at either side to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's Label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"; a second hand-written label sewn in: "510" Gift of Mr. John C. Murphy, through the Chicago Historical Society.
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1952
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of knit material with embroidery and mirrors. The black fabric of the hat is covered with yellow embroidered star shapes and small circular mirrors ca. 1.5 cm. in diameter bordered by red thread embroidery/crochet. Cylindrical crown formed as slightly "crushed", folding in in some areas and bulging out in others, and with gently scalloped lower edge. Top is generally flat, with an applied tear-drop shaped section of the same material, with trailing "ribbons" of same material extending off of back of hat. The edge of the applied panel and the lower edge of the crown are edged with alternating red and black beads, with two strands and two loops of the same beading descending from the between the "ribbons" at top. The inside of the crown is lined in red mesh and edged with red grosgrain ribbon. There are two plastic combs, one at either side, to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago" Gift of Mr. John C. Murphy, through the Chicago Historical Society.
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of black plastic tubing. The crown of coiled black plastic tubing has a center conical section with extending "tail" of black plastic tubing and sloping sides. Thin crescent-shaped openings relieve the solid appearance of the crown. The lower edge is slightly scalloped. Overlaid with black net veiling. The crown is lined in brown and black mesh. Two plastic combs are attached inside at the sides of the crown to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of Mrs. Philip Rosenblum, through the Chicago Historical Society.
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1965
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hat of brown velvet. Pillbox hat with cylindrical crown of brown velvet, flat at top. Lower edge scalloped, edged with brown beads. The whole is overlaid with fine brown veiling. Lined in black mesh and edged with brown grosgrain ribbon inner hatband. Affixed to hatband are two plastic combs, one on either side, to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago".
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1960/1965
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of blue mesh and straw work. The cylindrical blue mesh crown is very slightly domed, with an extending section at front which folds down and under. The whole is covered with a field of 1" (2.54 cm) wide blue straw work flower heads. The inside of the crown is lined in a fine blue mesh and edged with an inner hatband of dark blue grosgrain ribbon. Attached to the ribbon are two small plastic combs to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label sewn to inner hatband: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"; and a second, hand-written label indicating the style(?): "813".
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of black plastic tubing. The slightly domed openwork top of the crown is formed of a coil of black plastic tubing framed in a border of black plastic tubing forming a 7-pointed star. The cylindrical sides of the hat slope gently outwards, and have a shallow lobed or scalloped effect at the edge, with a series of openwork crescent shapes around the base of the crown. The crown is lined in black mesh and edged with a thin band of black plush. There are two plastic combs - one to each side - to help secure hat to wearer's head. Maker's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of Mrs. William O. Hunt, of Finders Keepers, Chicago, Illinois.
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1960
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox style hat of lacquered black straw. The cylindrical crown is slightly domed, the sides slightly convex. Embellished with a single large faceted black plastic button "jewel" attached at side. The whole is overlaid with black net/veil, with scattered spherical black beads sewn to the net/veil. The interior of the crown is lined in black cloth and black mesh. Around the edge is an inner black grosgrain ribbon hatband. Attached to the hatband are two small plastic combs to secure the hat to wearer's head. Designer's label sewn to hatband: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago".
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of black velvet. The cylindrical hat has a flattened crown with four clusters of 5 beaded spheres each along the top edge. The bottom edge of the crown is gently scalloped, and edged with small tubular beads. The crown is lined with black satin, and has an inner hatband of black grosgrain ribbon along the inside lower edge. Attached to the inner hatband on one side is single plastic comb (mate missing) to help secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"; hand-written tag sewn in: "582"
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Pillbox hat of off-white and pink brocade. The conical crown with flattened top is made of brocade fabric with flowers and butterflies in off-whites, gray/greens and pinks on a grayish ground. On the right side of the hat is a large bow made of strips of the brocade backed in a gray/blue. The center of the bow is encircled with a band of gray beads, with a matching band of beads at base of hat. The hat has a light tan veil. The hat is lined in gray/blue mesh and edged with an inner hatband of gray/blue grosgrain ribbon. A small plastic comb is attached at either side to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label sewn to inner hatband: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"
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Turban

Turban

Date: 1960
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Turban of printed fabric. The turban is made from fabric printed with blue, red and brown ocher ducks and white cattails on a navy blue background. The turban is lined in dull red mesh, and has an inner hatband of dark blue grosgrain ribbon. Designer's label sewn to inner hatband: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Beside designer's label is model number label: "720" Accompanied by a single short hatpin with square multi-colored glass head.
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Turban

Turban

Date: 1960
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Turban of printed fabric. The turban is made from fabric printed with lemon yellow, pink, black, and white geometric forms and arcs. The turban is lined in yellow mesh, and has an inner hatband of black grosgrain ribbon. Attached to the inner band are two small plastic combs to secure the hat to wearer's head. Designer's label sewn to inner hatband: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Accompanied by a single short hatpin with wrapped head.
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Calotte Hat

Calotte Hat

Date: 1960
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B. (b. Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1898 - d. Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1988)
Description: Calotte style hat in cut out triangular shape of white leather with white glass beaded edges on leather strips. Bow of same on center front top. Bow at center back of white glass beads. Navy veil. Two small combs, one attached on each side. Designer's label on inside band: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago"
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Suit - Jacket and Skirt

Suit - Jacket and Skirt

Date: 1993/2004
Creator: Grimes, Barbara
Description: Suit of red suede in a beaded Native American Indian style feather motif, consisting of: A) Jacket with V-neck line and a center front closure of three silver flower motif buttons with coral centers; edges of opening and buttonholes are laced with matching red suede. Princess seams. Three piece long sleeves with lacing on back seam. Left and right sides of front are trimmed with matching beaded appliques in feather motifs. Bottom of jacket is seamed with western style point and has 1/2" fringe at the hem. Unlined. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Gossamer Wings / by / Barbara Grimes / Santa Fe" B) Long skirt of matching red suede; lacing down center front and side seams. Waist band is 1" wide with suede lacing. Bottom section of skirt is seamed in the same western style as jacket bottom with zigzag hemline and 14" long fringe at hem. Bottom is trimmed with three beaded feather appliques on the front one applique at the center back. Center back zipper closure with covered snap on waistband. Lined in pink synthetic. Designer's label at center back to left of zipper: "Gossamer Wings / by / Barbara Grimes / Santa Fe" C) Belt ...
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Belt

Belt

Date: 1970/1984
Creator: Gucci
Description: Belt of gold-colored metal. Heavy double-link chain with 7 "GG" openwork plaques and a single "G" spring clasp. Marks:"Gucci / Italy"
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Briefcase/Portfolio

Briefcase/Portfolio

Date: 1977~
Creator: Gucci
Description: Briefcase/portfolio of brown leather and canvas with zipper closure running along the top and down right side. Exterior is of Gucci monogram print with dark leather trim. One outer zippered pocket. Leather interior with one inner pocket. Designer's stamp on interior: "Made in Italy / by / Gucci" Measurements: 40cm L, 28.5cm H, 1cm W.
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Pumps

Pumps

Date: 1970~
Creator: Gucci
Description: Pair of heeled pumps of green suede. Designed with slightly rounded, almost square toe, the uppers are sewn "loafer style", with pronounced stitching creating "tongue" at top. Across instep is gilt brass Gucci "horse bit" with central red enameled plaque. Chunky heel covered in black leather, tapering slightly to base. Designer's label: "Gucci / Made in Italy" Stamped on sole: "Gucci / Made in Italy" and "37 B"
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Suit - Jacket and Skirt

Suit - Jacket and Skirt

Date: 1970/1980
Creator: Gucci
Description: Two-piece suit of emerald green suede consisting of: Jacket/blazer of emerald green suede. Single breasted, with closure of three circular, gold tone, suede filled, initial 'G' buttons and bound buttonholes. Long sleeves with two matching buttons and bound buttonholes; patch pockets at sides. Padded shoulders. Lined in light taupe colored synthetic silk in Gucci bridle pattern. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Gucci / Made in Italy" Cleaning instructions, content and size "42" tags attached to base of designer label. Skirt of emerald green suede. Below knee length, in A-line style with center front panel over open vent. Left side zipper with snap on 1-3/4" waistband. Built in belt on waistband over center front panel with gold-tone buckle and 'G' initial. Lined in dark mallard green synthetic jacquard with 'Gucci' signature. Designer's label at center back waistband: "Gucci / Made in Italy"
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Suit - Jacket and Skirt

Suit - Jacket and Skirt

Date: 1970/1980
Creator: Gucci
Description: Woman's suit of dark red leather and suede, consisting of: Jacket of dark red leather with intertwined bands of red suede at collar and sleeve edge. Styled with band collar and center front opening with six round self-covered buttons and bound buttonholes. Long fitted sleeves. Waist length, straight cut bodice with princess seams front and back. Welt pockets at each side front. Lower back has half belt with gold tone signature buckle. Lower edge straight in back, with curve toward center front point. Lightly padded shoulders. Fully lined with dark red silk "Gucci" signature jacquard fabric. Designer's label at center back neckline: "G Gucci s.r.l. / Made In Italy / Genuine Leather / leather clean only" Size "40" tag attached to base of designer label. Total length: 20 3/4" (52.7cm) Skirt of dark red leather. Below knee length; flared with four panels. Straight yoke front and back. Fitted waistband. Welt pocket at each side front hip. Straight hemline. Left side plastic zipper closure with one hook at waistband. Two gold chains with "Gucci" plaque for hanging skirt at inside left and right of waistband. Fully lined in matching "Gucci" jacquard fabric. Designer's label at center back waist: "G Gucci s.r.l. ...
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Ensemble - Dress and Skirt

Ensemble - Dress and Skirt

Date: 1979~
Creator: Guibourgé, Philippe
Description: Dress ensemble of red lace with dark brown and metallic gold embroidery in floral design. A) Dress. Calf length with rolled collar. Four-snap closure down center front. Elastic waistline. Long straight sleeves with band cuffs and snap closure. Scalloped hem. Unlined. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Miss Dior / Made in France" B) Skirt of red silk. Straight with 1" waistband. Center back closure of covered hook & eye on waistband and 2 snaps. Evidence of four removed darts. C) Belt of self-covered leather; 2" wide. Gold circle buckle with two hooks and three pairs of grommets for closure.
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Slippers

Slippers

Date: 1970/1979
Creator: Gustinettes
Description: Pair of slippers of red silk and gold metallic brocade. The shoes are designed with pointed toes, and a panel of gold leather that extends from below the throat, up and over the instep, and almost to the instep, sewn down, and echoing the point of the toes. Crossed with a gold cord bow with large rhinestones set at each end. Almost flats, the shoes have low, carved heels with a profile similar to a compacted Louis heel. Brand stamp: "Gustinettes / Trade Mark" Stamped inside: "6 1/2M 52770"
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