Daytime Dress

Daytime Dress

Date: 1955
Creator: Simpson, Adele
Description: Daytime dress of printed cotton lawn. Street-length of white cotton lawn is printed with stripes of grays and coral is sleeveless, with wide straps and V-neckline in front and back. The bodice is cut so that stripes are diagonal, meeting at center front and back and emphasizing the V-neckline. The narrow waist is slightly dropped, and is defined by a wide set-in decorative belt of the same fabric, with stripes running horizontally, with fabric-wrapped rectangular buckle and ends. The full skirt has stripes running vertically, and is gathered at the waist/bottom of the belt. There is one underskirt of cream faille, and a second of stiff cream netting. The center-back zipper closure extends from single hook-and-eye at neckline to base of belt. Bodice is partly lined with cream faille and has internal boning. There is a white grosgrain ribbon inner waistband with hook-and-eye closures. Designer's label is sewn inside dress, to bodice lining at left side: "Adele Simpson". This dress was a gift of the designer Adele Simpson and her husband Wesley Simpson to the Dallas Museum of Fashion, which later became the Texas Fashion Collection.
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1967
Creator: Simpson, Adele
Description: Hat of light brown leather printed with dark brown "squiggles". The domed crown is surmounted by a circular button covered with same leather. Around base of crown is a narrow band of same leather, tied, with trailing ends. The wide, floppy brim bends downwards. Unlined, with the leather is backed with a felt-like material. Inner brown grosgrain ribbon hatband. No labels in the hat.
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Dress

Dress

Date: 1964/1974
Creator: Simpson, Adele
Description: Dress of red polyester silk knit printed in dark red with large abstract pattern of blossoms, leaves, etc. Street length or slightly longer. V-neckline at front with 3/4-length sleeves. Bodice insert with seaming at about natural waist forming a "cummerbund" shape. Skirt is gathered into waist at base of seamed area. Center back zipper with two hook-and-eye closures at back neckline. Torso and skirt lined in red polyester. Arms unlined. Designer's label at inside back beside zipper: "Adele Simpson" Care tag at inside right seam: "Dry / Clean / Only" Union label at inside right seam: "BCTX / 697925"
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Ensemble - Coat and Dress

Ensemble - Coat and Dress

Date: 1969
Creator: Simpson, Adele
Description: A) Coat of light brown leather printed with dark brown "squiggles". Full-length, double-breasted, with two vertical rows of three each circular brown plastic buttons and hidden snaps at top. Long raglan sleeves. Two patch pockets on front with decorative flaps. Lined in light brown silk(?). Designer's label at inside back collar: "Adele Simpson", with written annotation "1008". B) Dress with matching scarf, of light tan jersey with printed dark brown "squiggles" matching the rest of ensemble. Mid-length, sheath style. Roll collar with slit through which scarf threads. Long sleeves with cuffs having two hidden snaps each. Center back zipper with hook-and-eye at top. Lined in peach silk crepe(?). With wide belt of leather matching the coat, the square buckle covered in same leather. Designer's label at inside back on left: "Adele Simpson". Stamped on reverse of belt: "Z 1095"
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Cocktail Dress

Cocktail Dress

Date: 1968
Creator: Simpson, Adele
Description: Cocktail dress of gray silk jacquard with floral pattern of white daisies. Below knee length. Full skirt with two gores at front and two box pleats at center back. Cap sleeves. V-shaped neckline. Center back is V-shaped with zipper and hook & eye. Princess seaming. Pleat at shoulder joins bust darts and forms L-shape at natural waist and becomes tie at center front waist. Lined in light gray synthetic net with petersham of white grosgrain ribbon and hook & eye. Designer's label on center back seam near hem: "Adele Simpson" Retailer's label above designer's label: "Neiman-Marcus"
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Evening Ensemble - Coat, Dress, and Belt

Evening Ensemble - Coat, Dress, and Belt

Date: 1960/1969
Creator: Simpson, Adele
Description: Three piece evening ensemble in metallic blue/purple, black and gold brocade consisting of: A) Dressmaker style coat, calf-length. Closes on left with two covered snaps. Long, straight sleeves. Notched lapel. Lined in royal blue silk. Designer's label at left inside seam: "Adele Simpson" B) Dress. Calf-length, sleeveless, and with a standing collar, the dress is slightly A-line with empire seam. Center back zipper with two hook & loops at collar. Lined in royal blue silk. C) Belt for dress, of same fabric and with rectangular buckle covered in same fabric. Stamped "B Adele Simpson 10C3"
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