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  gunne sax dress c. 1977

detail of bodice



This long dress designed by Gunne Sax is made of a pale pink polyester and cotton blend fabric. The bodice has princess seams, a corset closure, and short sleeves. The skirt is gathered at the waist and has a ruffle at the bottom. The details on the dress include lace trim and ribbon.  

Gunne Sax was an empire that would later be known as Jessica McClintock, Inc. Jessica McClintock, a widowed mother, moved to California in 1969 with a teaching credential in hand. Eager to teach, she came upon a small apparel company known as Gunne Sax, and used her sewing skills she learned from her grandmother, a seamstress, to effect. Through the years, she changed Gunne Sax into an apparel business under her name, and expanded her line of dresses into a new empire. Today, Jessica McClintock is composed of many design divisions, including bridal, junior, and children's wear.

-Joy Sun






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This webpage was made possible with the support of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the CSUS Media Center.

The website and costume research were created by Dr. Mary Botkin and the students of FACS 199;Courtney Haueter, Chelsea Perri, Joy Sun, and Rachel Young.

The costumes belong to the Costume Collection of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Costume photographs by Sam Parsons of the CSUS Media Center.