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The Story of Silk

DATES September 10, 1934 through October 1, 1934
  • Fall approximately 1934: Silk costumes from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum will be included in the Silk Show to be held in the fifth floor rotunda of the Museum, September 10th to 17th. This exhibition, held in cooperation with the International Silk Guild, marks the opening of “The Silk Parade", a national showing of real silks during the week of September 17th to 24th.

    The Silk Show at the Brooklyn Museum will include exhibits illustrating the history of silk culture, oriental, European and American silks and costumes, and modern silk fabrics and costumes lent by the International Silk Guild. At the same time, silk costumes from the Brooklyn Museum collection will be included in silk showings at Wanamaker, Bonwit Teller, Lord & Taylor and Abraham & Straus.

    Miss Hanna T. Rose of the Educational Department, Brooklyn Museum, is photographed wearing costumes from the Museum Collection. These costumes will be included in the Silk Shows Miss Rose wears the following costumes:

    A light blue evening gown of brocaded satin, made by Alexandre et Cie., Paris, in 1892. The dress has puff sleeves and a pointed train. It is trimmed with a network and tassels of blue chenille and Brussels lace.

    A brocaded rose satin evening gown, made by Raudnitz Paris, in 1885, trimmed with white darned lace net. The under¬skirt is of plain rose satin.

    A reception dress of rose peau de cygne, trimmed with blue satin and crochet lace. The underskirt is also of blue satin. It is ornamented down the front with a row of elaborate satin bows finished with tassels.

    A two piece dress of dark terra cotta grosgrain silk, the collar and underskirt trimmed with jet beads on black net. The hem is slashed with accordion fan pleats.

    A wedding dress of ivory grosgrain taffeta, made by a New York dressmaker in 1886. It has the square open neck and standing collar fashionable at the present day. The skirt is cut in a spiral pattern into which are inserted accordion pleated ruffles of mull. The skirt, which has a long train, is further ornamented with a spray of orange blossoms on the sash and a knife-pleated hem. The bodice is trimmed with Valencennes lace and satin-covered buttons.


    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 1934, 031. View Original
The Story of Silk