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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

Couples on float at Maifest celebration in Brenham, Texas

Description: Photograph of three couples riding a white and gold parade float with a throne at the back. The couples are dressed in festival or pageant attire to celebrate the Brenham Maifest, with the young women in voluminous gowns in pink and yellow and the young men in white jackets with black bow ties and slacks. The woman at the far right, Harriet Williams, wears a yellow dress created by Lilli Wolff and Mati Driessen. In the background is a crowd of parade watchers.
Date: 1958
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Couples on float at Maifest celebration in Brenham, Texas

Description: Photograph taken from an aerial perspective showing three sets of young people riding on a rectangular float with bunting and a throne at the back. The six figures are dressed in pageant or festival attire celebrating the Brenham Maifest, the young women in voluminous debutante dresses and the young men in white jackets with black bow ties and black slacks. The young woman at the back left in the float is Harriet Williams, who is wearing a dress by Lilli Wolff and Mati Driessen. At the side of the float is a row of parade watches sitting on the ground.
Date: 1958
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Line of couples at Maifest celebration in Brenham, Texas

Description: Photograph of a line of couples in pageant outfits at a Maifest celebration in Brenham, Texas. Creating a diagonal line across the image, on the left is a line of debutants in voluminous dresses, at the front is Harriet Williams wearing a dress created by Lilli Wolff and Mati Driessen. On the far right is a young man wearing a white jacket, black bowtie, and black slacks, presumably with a row of young men following behind him and also holding the arms of the young women next to them.
Date: 1958
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Wedding Shoes

Description: Pair of white kid ladies' shoes. Styled with pointed-toes, the white kid leather upper has a vamp decorated with geometric and stylized foliate designs in crystal beads. The shoes secure across instep with single ribbon tie on each, creating a "peep" just above toes. Lined in white leather. Natural brown leather sole. Heel is of medium height, rounded at back and tapering slightly to base. Similar to what would become a Cuban heel. Maker's code stamped inside: "35-C 3021" Worn by Norma Tiemann at her marriage to Val L. Lehmann in Brenham, Texas in 1907.
Date: 1907
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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