Gold and Blue Brocade Dress

Dress, made in acetate fabric with print of gold flowers on blue brocade ground (blue looks gray on outer side of fabric). Seams from scooped neckline to underarm area of sleeveless bodice; princess seaming from those seams. Center front and center back seaming makes the dress fitted through the waistline. Flared skirt. Two double-ended darts in front side sections have been removed. Center back metal zipper. Center panel of skirt has gathered section below waist and center back pleat starting just above the lower edge of the zipper. c. 1956

Shirley Welk wore the dress for an appearance on This is Your Life, honoring her father, Lawrence Welk, in 1956. The television program was hosted by Ralph Edwards and was broadcast from Hollywood, CA. This is Your Life followed the life and career of a particular celebrity, and often surprised their guest with their inclusion in the show.

Donor:Shirley (Welk) Fredricks
Circa:1956
Accession:1993.20.01
Inventory:2048

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