Beatrice Rubel Woman's suit

This two-piece suit was entirely hand sewn. It is made of gray wool that can be reversible to show black wool.
The suit top is straight on the bottom, which is the longest side. The top then curves upwards until it comes to a point in the center. Small buttons are attached to the shorter sides of the top with thread button loops fifteen centimeters from the corners. It is hand-stitched with black thread.
The skirt has a similar cut to the top, but the sides are perpendicular to the bottom. The top of the skirt is perpendicular to the sides, but curves in to point to the center. There are no fastenings on the skirt, as it was intended to be closed with safety pins.
The designer of this suit intended the pieces to be worn upside down or reversed, changing the function of the pieces.
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Object Name
suit, 2 piece
date made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Clothing & Accessories
American Enterprise
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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