Jacqueline Clay Chester, Apparel Design ’60

This was a promotional photograph taken in the spring of 1959, a few months before I went to Russia to model in the American National Exhibition in Moscow. Shirley Goodman invited me.

The gown was encrusted with pearls and embroidery and all that good stuff. It was to be worn in the ball scene of the fashion show. My mind was blown away because the gown cost $500. I thought that was a million dollars—it was the most expensive garment I’d ever worn.

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