Texas Tech University

Puttin’ On The Ritz

February 22, 2017 – June 18, 2017

Elegant evening clothes from the mid 19th century to the end of the 20th century will highlight how Americans have dressed for special occasions. From the finery of the 19th century to the lime green Mollie Parnis gown worn by First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson to the first State Dinner honoring a female leader, Indira Gandhi this exhibit shows how the popular silhouette of the era was enhanced by fine fabrics and embellishment for important events.

Puttin' on the RitzWhite rayon jersey formal with gold sequin and glass bugle bead embellishment at waist. Purchased at Neiman Marcus in the 1930s. Gift of Mrs. Tom Murphey, TTU-H1971-041-017.

Puttin' on the RitzEvening gown of royal blue coupe de velvet on a chiffon ground worn over copper colored taffeta slip, circa 1935. The donor wore this gown to functions during the early years of Texas Tech College. Gift of Mrs. W. L. Baugh, TTU-H1962-119-009.

RitzBlack crepe sheath evening gown with self-fabric accents from 1937. From the estate of Mrs. Hub Jones. Gift of Mrs. Tom Murphy and Mrs. Jack Boren, TTU-H1976-245-081.