Bling!: Gorgeous Gowns and Dazzling Dresses :
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circa 1908
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Goodman, Erna Melvina Sawyer
Tunic-layered gray gown; bodice neckline of off-white embroidered lace and then gold lace, both front and back bodice decorated with layers of gold, silver and pearl beads and gold sequins also drape just below the bustline, a band of net with strands of beads with beaded flowers flow from a center panel to the bodice back, this center panel extends down the center of the gown both in front and back. Set-in short sleeves are of iridescent gray/pink chiffon (which also is in pleats over the shoulders of the gown) with the ends of sleeves decorated with the same bead work as the bodice. An overskirt of iridescent gray/pink chiffon is slightly gathered at the waist and extends down almost to the bottom of the skirt to "fold-up" to show watered/moire gray silk on either side of center decorated panel and is held in place by 3 large buttons made of strands of silver beads coiled to form small "hay-stacks"; the underskirt of gray watered/moire silk extends to the floor in the front and in the back the folded edged of the overskirt forms a train.

Dress worn by Erna Melvina Sawyer Goodman. Erna was born in Oshkosh March 28, 1859, the youngest daughter of Senator Philetus H. Sawyer. She was educated in Washington, D.C. She married William Owen Goodman of Marinette, WI, a pioneer lumberman. They resided in Chicago, Illinois. Their son, Lieutenant Kenneth Goodman, was born September 19, 1883, but died at Great Lakes Training Center of influenza. The Goodman Theater in Chicago was built by the family in their son's honor. Erna died at age 84 on September 24, 1943.

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