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Evening dress constructed from red silk brocade with gold floral motif. Left shoulder decorated with a three-dimensional silk brocade rose. Dress has a matching belt and the skirt is tailored and cut to create the skirt's unique shape.



circa 1940s


Silk brocade

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Worn by Jeannette Eareckson Straus (1898-1969). Representative of not only early 1940s fashion trends, Jeanette Straus’s luxurious brocade dress reflects the wealth she and her husband, Henry L. Straus, enjoyed after he invented the “totalisator,” a machine that quickly calculated the odds on a horse race as spectators placed their bets. An equestrian herself, Jeannette successfully trained her favorite horse, Pilaster, who was placed in the Hall of Fame for Maryland-bred horses in 1967.

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Bequest of Mrs. Henry L. Straus through her sister Mrs. C. Herbert Baxley (Leila Eareckson)

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