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Sally Milgrim Dress in Fashion Spread

This editorial fashion spread was created in August 1921. The dress at the bottom left is by designer Sally Milgrim. Milgrim got her start in fashion by joining her husbands suit-making business as a dressmaker in the 1910s. By the 1920s, her business proved to be so successful that she began creating custom designs for entertainers like Ethel Merman, Pearl White, and Mary Pickford. Milgrims line expanded to include eveningwear as well as ready-to-wear gowns and accessories. Milgrims attention to detail was apparent in her creations she often incorporated embroidery, cross-stitch, ruffles, pleats, and embedded crystals. A high point in Milgrims career was when she was approached to design Eleanor Roosevelts inaugural gown for Franklin D. Roosevelts 1933 inauguration.
Date of Work
August 1921
White House Historical Association