is wearing a gold tissue cloth evening gown with an overskirt of green net
embroidered in gold and silver. Over this she wears a velvet and georgette crepe
cape trimmed in fur. She also wears a georgette and velvet strip cap (not visible in
photo) and gold shoes. As day dresses grew progressively shorter during the decade,
evening attire stayed long, or occasionally overlaid a shorter skirt with a longer gauzy
or lacey overskirt that was full-length.
In the 1920s, French couturier Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry
by creating loose comfortable, yet chic fashions for women which abandoned the
corset and adopted many masculine styles, liberating women from the fussy and
overly-layered styles of the past. The first designer to work extensively with
jersey, then considered a "peasant" material, she fashioned clothing that
"breathed" and allowed women more freedom of movement than any previous designs.
Two of her trademark fashions were introduced in the 1920s: the cardigan jacket
in 1925 and the signature "little black dress" in 1926.
Angela Gregory (1903 - 1990)
Angela Gregory was born in New Orleans in 1903 to a professor of engineering at
Tulane University and a mother who was an artist and teacher. In 1925, she won a
scholarship to study in Paris under famed French sculptor Emile-Antoine
Bourdelle who had studied under Auguste Rodin. She returned to her home city
and set up her studio. Receiving recognition very quickly, she was an
artist-in-residence of Newcomb College, as well as a sculptor-in-resident at St.
Mary's Dominion College, where she was awarded the honor of professor emeritus.
She created numerous works of architectural sculpture throughout Louisiana, in
addition to other locations. Her sculptures may be seen at St. Gabriel Church,
the Delgado Museum of Art, La Tour Caree, Stepmonts, France, Louisiana State
University, and the State Capitol, among others.