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Black silk evening dress c 1972

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Black silk evening dress c 1972

A black silk jersey evening dress stocked by Murielle's of Sauchiehall Street, c 1972.

Murielle's closed in 1973 after more than sixty years selling fashion clothing to the cream of Glasgow society. A visit to the shop was an experience in itself. Customers had to make an appointment. On arrival, they were shown to a special room in the basement, equipped with two spacious fitting rooms and a mirrored wall. Dresses were laid out ready for trying on, selected with the individual customer's taste in mind.

This dress is sleeveless with a very low plunging V neckline. The front and back neck edges of the bodice are gathered onto a high standing collar which is embroidered with red and gold sequins, circular gold beads and small green circular beads. The waistband has been embroidered in a similar pattern. The dress is tightly fitting to the waist and hips from where the skirt flares to the hem.


Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

evening dresses, fashions, Jews, mannequins, Murielle's, women

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