item 11 - Uniforms: Girl Scouts and Red Cross, 1948

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US NNFIT SC.396.1.11

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Uniforms: Girl Scouts and Red Cross, 1948

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47 leaves (94 pages), 3 folders

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(1891-1976)

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Volume 11 contains mostly coverage of Mainbocher's designs for the Girl Scouts and Red Cross volunteers in 1948. The new Girl Scout uniform was introduced in August. It was the first time in 20 years it had been changed. It was a green cotton covert dress with buttons down the front and a flaring skirt worn with a new cap. The new Red Cross uniform marked the first major changes made since before the war. It was a steel-blue gray whipcord suit with a topcoat, blouse and skirt that had the same slimness seen in women's fashions of the time. It was worn with a matching visored hat. This volume also contains miscellaneous coverage at the beginning and end. Included: Mainbocher's designs for Ruth Gordon in The Leading Lady and Tallulah Bankhead in Private Lives; his notable designs for summer, such as white suits for evening restaurant-wear and gilt-threaded cotton gingham dresses; and the pink chiffon dress he designed for Ruth Gordon in The Leading Lady was put on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Folders include a typed contents page; four pages of correspondence about the uniforms from the American Red Cross National Headquarters; and several loose newspaper clippings of pictures of Mainbocher's uniforms with attached labels from various press clipping services.

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