item 14 - Marine Uniforms, 1952

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US NNFIT SC.396.1.14


Marine Uniforms, 1952


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22 leaves (43 pages), 2 folders

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Volume 14 has articles all about Mainbocher's designs for the women marines. In August 1952 he debuted a wardrobe of six different ensembles. It was the first time in history women marines had their own dress blues (the counterpart of the blue uniform made famous by male marines). Included in this volume is an original invitation for the premiere presentation of the women's uniforms on August 28, 1952 and ten large original black-and-white photographs of marines modeling the uniforms. Folders contain a typed contents page and a five-page press release from the United States Marine Corps that provides detailed descriptions of the different looks in the wardrobe. The final page 43 has a typed original letter about the Passavant pinning ceremony. This leaf was probably intended to be in volume 12.

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Volume 14 was previously titled "Military Uniforms, 1952."

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