James created his first Tree gown in 1955; this version followed two years later. He stated that the design used "faille stretched like a ruched membrane over a stiffened shell molded NOT to the figure of the client, but to the shape I wished it...
Worth, Charles Frédérick, 1825-1895 (designer); House of Worth (Firm) (designer)
Worn by Mrs. Colin Powys (Nancy Lathrop Carver Leiter) Campbell, wife of Colonel Colin Powys Campbell, mother of the donor, and daughter of Levi Zeigler Leiter, a pioneer Chicago merchant and associate of Marshall Field and Potter Palmer.
Worn by donor's grandfather, George Walker Meeker, at his wedding to Mary Ellen Forgan Farwain. Mr. Meeker (born July 26, 1854; died April, 1899) lived on Astor Street in Chicago and was a coal merchant.
Court presentation dress worn by donor Mrs. Charles S. Dewey when presented at the Court of St. James in 1927 while her husband was Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury Department. This kind of dress, with its dropped waistline and...
James, Charles, 1906-1978 (designer); Samuel Winston Inc. (manufacturer)
There are four known versions of this dress, including this one worn by Chicagoan, Mrs. Byron Harvey, Jr. The others belonged to Mrs. Jean de Menil, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr.