Dress (a), afternoon-style, of dark blue silk taffeta. Wide boat neckline; fitted bodice; row of six navy blue buttons arranged in horizontal row; natural waist; short sleeves. Skirt has slight A-line cut; diagonal pockets at hip; falls just below the knee. Detachable stole (b) of self-fabric; fastens to buttons on front of dress and drapes over left shoulder.
Worn by Mrs. William O. Hunt, née Jeanette Peterkin.
Jean Desss was a leading fashion house in Paris from the late 1930s to the 1960s. This garment shows the designer's talents in cut and fit. The entire front of the dress is made from one piece of fabric that has been manipulated with tucks and darts. A seam at the end of the stole lines up with the hem of the dress. An extra panel of fabric stitched to the stole is cut on a different grain and catches the light.