c 1905 Salmon & White Cotton Dress. The bodice has a square cut neckline trimmed in black lace. Pin tucks and gathers down the center front. Pin tucks fall from either side of the neckline to the waist. Long, set in sleeves fall with lace insets and pin tucks to below the elbows and end with a gathered flounce. Black velvet ribbon circles the waist of the bodice. Gored skirt falls from a narrow waistband with black lace and two tiers of ruffles along the bottom skirt. Detail
Red rayon evening gown, 1930s. Cut very low in front and high in back, with large velvet flower on right shoulder. Bias-cut gored skirt. Worn by Elizabeth Woodroe Meadows (1903-1992) of Charleston, West Virginia. The bias cut was devised by French couturier Madeleine Vionnet in the 1920s, cutting across the grain to add draping and stretch to any fabric. Usually, a woman could step into her dress without the need for side, back or front openings.