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Maifest dress

Description: Maifest ballgown of lemon yellow organza, polonaised. Fitted princess-line bodice with narrow shoulder straps and shaped neckline. Decorative shoulder straps of gathered mustard green and moss green velvet ribbon. Floral accent over the left breast consisting of a pink rose and blue cornflower with lemon yellow velvet and organza leaves. The velvet shoulder straps extend to the overskirt. As they cross the bodice they follow the princess seams and are encased in ruched lemon yellow organza. These casings run from the top of the bustline to waistlevel. Centerback zipper closure from midback to hiplevel. The princess-line bodice extends to a dropped yoke. Hiplevel seam with a full, gathered and swagged polonaise overskirt of lemon yellow organza. The velvet shoulder straps carry down through the overskirt running through wide ruched casings at the apex of the swags. They emerge at the hem of the overskirt as large looped bows with tails. The casing areas are accented with floral clusters of pink roses, yellow organza roses, violets and lavender cornflowers with yellow velvet leaves. Full, yellow organza, double underskirt with dropped yoke and wide gathered flounce. Yellow taffeta petticoat. Fully lined in yellow taffeta. Label located inside right center back, beside the zipper. The gown is designed to be worn over hoops.
Date: May 1958
Creator: Wolff, Lilli & Driessen, Mati
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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