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[Arcade]

Description: Photograph of an arcade in Venice, Italy. Three people are visible in the foreground underneath the shaded arcade. More people are visible in the open piazza in the background.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute]

Description: Photograph of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy. The basilica is visible in the middle ground surrounded by canals on both sides. A cluster of buildings is visible in the right foreground. Buildings on the other side of the Grand Canal are visible in the background.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

Calotte

Description: Calotte of beige fabric, heavily beaded. The calotte (also spelled "calot") is constructed with a low, domed crown of stiffened net and beige fabric, with areas that extend down at sides and back. The whole is covered with clear sequins, yellow rhinestones, bugle beads, small metal strips, etc. The hat has an inner peach/beige grosgrain ribbon hatband, and four small metal loops sewn in to use to attach to wearer's head with bobby pins. Designer's label: "Gilbert Orcel / 5 Rue de Cirque Paris (8º)"
Date: 1953
Creator: Orcel, Gilbert

Calotte

Description: Calotte of off-white satin. The calotte (also spelled "calot") has a domed crown covered with horizontally pleated off-white satin, and comes to points at temples. On right point is a large flower-like puff of same material. Hat is unlined, allowing stiffened white net under-structure to be seen. Hat has inner off-white grosgrain hatband and a small comb to help secure it to wearer's head.
Date: 1953

Calotte

Description: Calotte of brown straw. Styled as a calotte (also spelled "calot"), the hat has a teardrop shaped crown of dark brown straw, with the "point" of the teardrop extending down the right side of the wearer's head. The edge of the crown is trimmed with two bands of grosgrain ribbon, cream and brown, which have been tightly pleated and arranged to simulate a herringbone pattern. At the right side the ribbons form two simulated plumes. The hat is unlined, with an inner hatband of dark brown grosgrain ribbon. A small cream stitch on the hatband indicates the front of the hat. Retailer's label sewn to inner hatband: "Neiman-Marcus" The hat is accompanied by a single short hatpin, the head of which is covered with dark brown grosgrain ribbon matching that of the hat.
Date: 1953

Calotte Hat

Description: Calotte style hat of black satin. Bow of black satin as trim. Net at back of hat. Hatpin with head covered in matching satin. Lined. Comb at inside front of hat for securing hat to wearer's head. Retailer's label: "A. Harris & Co. / Dallas" Union/size label to right of retailer's label.
Date: 1953

[Cemetery]

Description: Photograph of a cemetery in Florence, Italy. In the foreground, numerous grave markers are visible; a line of tall trees and distant hillside are visible in the background.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Cemetery]

Description: Photograph of a cemetery in Florence, Italy. In the foreground, numerous grave markers and a concrete path are visible; more graves are visible in the background ascending up the hillside; trees and buildings are visible in the far background.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

Cocktail Dress

Description: Cocktail dress of fuschia (cranberry) silk with black feather print; bodice has round neckline and three-quarter length sleeves; skirt is knee-length and very full, gathered at waist and covered by a short piece of self fabric.
Date: 1953
Creator: Balenciaga, Cristóbal

Cocktail Dress

Description: Cocktail dress of black faille and white linen with jacket and belt. A) Bolero style jacket in black silk faille. Center front opening with four small black circular buttons and bound buttonholes. Short, set-in sleeves trimmed with three matching buttons on tops of sleeves with bound buttonholes. Small welt pockets at sides. Jacket and sleeves lined in white silk satin. Combined designer/retailer label at center back neckline: "Neiman-Marcus Dallas / Traina-Norell" B) Dress of black silk faille. Set-in waistline with upper bodice of white linen. Linen bodice is sleeveless and has center front opening with five white circular plastic buttons and bound buttonholes. Banded collar extends to form bow tie ends. Mid-calf length skirt is full and formed by 10 panels. Left side zipper under arm hole. Black grosgrain ribbon petersham at natural waist with single hook & eye closure. Set-in waist section supported by metal boning. Lined in black silk in lower portion of skirt. Entire skirt section lined in heather brown woolen fabric to stiffen skirt. C) Narrow belt covered in black silk faille. Rectangular self covered buckle.
Date: 1953
Creator: Norell, Norman

Day Dress

Description: Day dress of red ribbed wool. Squared neckline; 3/4 length sleeves. Set-in waistline with attached 1-1/2" wraparound belt that closes in back with 2 hook & eyes and a snap. Below knee length. Center front opening with 7 hook & eyes on waistband and 7 red, circular, plastic buttons and bound buttonholes below waistband. Lined in red silk; bodice lining is sleeveless with center front zipper closure. Designer's label at right seam of bodice lining: "Automne-Hiver 1953 / Christian Dior / Paris / Made in France" and stamped on designer's label: "36416" Style number label under designer's label, illegible: "--6--4"
Date: 1953
Creator: Dior, Christian

Dress

Description: Daytime dress of red silk faille. Street length. Short sleeves with turned-back edge. Shawl collar with button-down ends at front. Center front opening of 6 circular faceted red plastic buttons. Skirt gathers/pleats at waistline. Side slit pockets. Bodice partly lined in red silk. Red grosgrain ribbon petersham with hook & eye. Designer's label at right side seam: "Christian Dion Original / Made in U.S.A. / Christian Dior - New York Inc. / Trademark" Retailer's label at left side seam of skirt: "Neiman-Marcus". With accompanying belt of red leather covered with matching red silk faille. Elongated oval buckle covered with red silk faille except for tongue, which is enameled red. Designer's stamp on back: "Christian Dior / New York, Inc." and size, partly illegible. 10 or 12.
Date: 1953
Creator: Dior, Christian

Ensemble - Blouse and Skirt

Description: Ensemble. The skirt is of heavy gold felt covered with black floral lace, which has been heavily "beaded" with sequins. Side zipper closure, and two side-seam pockets. Retailer's label inside skirt on side seam: "Neiman-Marcus". With black velvet belt, which is marked on reverse: "16 Charming Belts. 6406", "This / 'Bac-A-Belt' backing / guaranted by / Good Housekeeping" / wash or clean / as garment". The accompanying blouse is of black silk jersey with half length sleeves and gathered detail at scoop neckline. Center back zipper closure that extends full length of the garment. Inner waistband of grosgrain ribbon with hook and eye closure. No labels in blouse.
Date: 1953

Ensemble - Blouse, Skirt, Camisole

Description: Ensemble of navy-blue and slightly lighter silk organza composed of vertical hand-faggoted bands of alternating shades of blue giving light and dark effect. A) Blouse. Waist length with extending peplum to tuck under skirt. V-neckline, with collar of flat reveres with faggoted border. Short sleeves with turned-back cuffs. Center front opening with 4 self-covered buttons, a snap at the natural waistline, and 1 hook and loop and 5 hooks and eyes on peplum. The stripes and peplum are lined in pale gray organza, leaving the faggotted seams unlined. Underarm gussetts, with built-in pads. No labels. B) Skirt. Street length, full skirt matching bodice, with alternating vertical stripes, narrow navy blue waistband with center front opening with 5 self-covered buttons, and one hook and eye and two hook and loops on waistband, and a large snap which matches to bodice. Lined as blouse, with cream organza lining the stripes, but the faggotted bands left open, and with an inner skirt attached at waist of same cream silk organza, and with inner petticoat with flounce of cream tulle which has separate closure with 9 hook-and-eyes. No labels. Handwritten note on waistband "RH650 2P(?)" C) Inner shell camisole/lining for blouse of cream silk. Sleeveless, waist length, with V-neckline and center front opening with 7 hook-and-eye closures. Fitted slightly raised waistline. Designer's label at left side seam near hem: "Christian Dior / Paris" "Printemps-Ete 1953"; "Made in France"; 34419(?) Handwritten label underneath designer's label: "58.889"
Date: 1953
Creator: Dior, Christian

Evening Dress

Description: Evening dress of white silk jersey. Floor length; long dolman sleeves. Deep V neckline. Set-in waistline gathered at sides. Skirt gathers below set-in waistline. Left side zipper with two snaps; petersham at interior of waist. Hip drapery with wide sewn in "belt", pleated at ends and closed with 4 hook & eyes. Unlined. Combined designer/retailer label on inside left seam near hem: "Neiman-Marcus Dallas / Traina-Norell"
Date: 1953
Creator: Norell, Norman

[Florence]

Description: Photograph of the rear of a church in Florence, Italy. In the foreground, a seated statue on a pedestal is visible next to the top of an umbrella. The rear nave of the church, part of the dome, and one bell tower are visible in the background.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Gates of Paradise]

Description: Photograph of the baptistry doors (Gates of Paradise) in Florence, Italy. The gilded bronze doors fill the frame. A low metal fence is visible in front of the doors. The Baptistry of St. John or Florence Baptistry is located in the Piazza del Duomo.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Giotto's Campanile]

Description: Photograph of the Duomo Bell Tower (Giotto's Campanile) in Florence, Italy. Two buildings frame the foreground. The bell tower and part of the Duomo are seen between the two buildings in the background. The bell tower was designed by Giotto di Bondone.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Giotto's Campanile]

Description: Photograph of Giotto's Campanile in the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy. In the foreground, the bell tower (campanile) is visible with part of the Duomo and another building on the right side of the tower. Power lines intersect the foreground and background. Other buildings are visible in the background.
Date: 1953
Creator: Gough, Ray