Navy and white crepe evening dress worn by Ophelia DeVore

Designed by
Parnis, Mollie, American, 1905 - 1992
Worn by
DeVore, Ophelia, American, 1922 - 2014
silk crepe, silk, elastic, and metal fasteners
H x W: 58 x 32 in. (147.3 x 81.3 cm)
Place used
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Navy and white silk crepe evening dress worn by Ophelia DeVore. The dress has a V-neck front with a high back neckline, full-length sleeves, and a full floor-length skirt gathered at the natural waistline. It is made from navy silk crepe with white silk crepe trimming the neckline and forming the waistband. The sleeves are fitted around the cuff with elastic, creating a blousy balloon-like silhouette. There is a knee-high slit at the center front skirt. The dress closes at the center back with a zipper and one (1) metal hook-and-eye.
The dress is lined in navy blue silk except the sleeves, which are not lined. A silver fabric label with black embroidered text is sewn at the interior proper left back neck that reads "Mollie Parnis Boutique / NEW YORK".
African American
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ophelia DeVore
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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