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Angus, Margaret; Angus, Barbara Margaret
Dress
1947

The fitted bodice with wide A-line skirt was fashionable formal wear in the late 1940s, with increased indulgence in fabric and a feminine silhouette after the clothing restrictions of World War II. Sixteen-year-old Barbara Margaret Angus stood out in her gold tulle and metallic ribbon dress, when she attended her high school Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (KCVI)’s “At Home” prom in 1947. Sewn with her mother Margaret Angus’s assistance, the dress reveals the strong guidance of an expert seamstress, in its carefully matched panels and darts ensuring continual lines of ribbon. At the time, Margaret Angus supervised the Queen’s University costume collection, the joint property of the Drama Guild, the Queen’s Summer Theatre and the Faculty Players, while her husband was Director of the Drama department. She later became the founder and first curator of the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress, now housed at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

 
Angus, Margaret; Angus, Barbara Margaret
Chinook MT 23 May 1908–Kingston ON 15 February 2008; Missoula MT 1931–Kingston ON 24 May 2015
Dress
1947
Tulle, polyester, metal
111.0 cm (length); 73.5 cm (waist circumference)
Gift of Elspeth Morgan, 2019
C19-002

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