empire waist gown c. 1962



This formal empire waist gown is made out of rayon fabric that has a layer of gold net on the bodice. It is trimmed with gold braid and has pearls and rhinestones in the front. The back is characterized by long draped pleats and two small bows.This dress may have been worn as a bridesmaid's dress.The construction techniques imply it is hand made and was specifically tailored to fit one particular woman.  

The gown may have been accessorized with long gloves and a pillbox hat, similar to the styles of Jacqueline Kennedy that were common during this era.

-Chelsea Perri


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.