Black Snakeskin Pumps with Feather and Rhinestone Trim, 1954
These pair of black snakeskin pumps are ornamented with a black, aigrette feather plume and rhinestone trim. They were designed by Customcraft in 1954 and were purchased for a mere $32.50.
Beaded and Jeweled White Chiffon Evening Dress, 1920s
When I first started working here, I was fascinated with the museum’s impressive collection of beaded flapper dress, this one stood out to me. It is one of the objects that I show on collection tours, not only for its beauty and its good condition, but because it weighs so much. This white chiffon evening dress carries an impressive SEVEN pounds of rhinestones and bugle beads! How this dress has been able to survive 90 years with the weight of those rhinestones and beads not ripping the dress apart is incredible. It also is one of the two flapper dresses in the collection that has its original headband.
Rhinestone Covered Stiletto Shoes, 1968
These rhinestone-studded pumps were designed by Stanley Phillipson, and “Made Especially for Margaret.” Margaret’s, owned by Margaret Talkington, was the clothing store for the fashionable woman of Lubbock from 1946-1994.
White Rhinestone Purse, 1950s
This is a small rectangular mesh evening purse with a chain handle. The exterior is covered with rhinestones and the interior is made of an off-white moire fabric with two pockets, one for a moire covered mirror.