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Shoes, Evening. Delman (American, founded 1919). Date: 1935–40. Culture: American. Medium: silk, leather, plastic, rhinestones. Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 in. (19.1 x 22.9 cm).

Blue silk velvet and black chiffon evening gown with metallic thread embroidery and mother-of-pearl sequins augmented with glass beads (detail), American, 1914-1920.

"Parasols, such as this, reached miniature sizes in the 1850s and 1860s. Coincidentally, the size of hats at this time was also small. This parasol was a frivolity which served no function but acted as an adornment around the head, serving the purpose of a large hat. This piece is special, for fewer parasols from this period exist in museums than from the 1870s onward."