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Cocoanut Grove Caricature Dress

Cocoanut Grove Caricature Dress
Usage Conditions Apply
Artist
Ralph Barton, 14 Aug 1891 - 19 May 1931
Printer
StenliSilks Corporation
Sitter
Norma Shearer, 4 Oct 1900? - Jun 1983
John Barrymore, 15 Feb 1882 - 29 May 1942
Eleanor Boardman, 19 Aug 1898 - 12 Dec 1991
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 23 May 1883 - 12 Dec 1939
Mary Pickford, 8 Apr 1892 - 29 May 1979
Marion Davies, 3 Jan 1897 - 22 Sep 1961
Patsy Ruth Miller, 22 Jun 1905 - 16 Jul 1995
William Haines, 1900 - 26 Nov 1973
Betty Bronson, 17 Nov 1907 - 19 Oct 1971
Renee Adoree, 30 Sep 1898 - 5 Oct 1933
Fannie Ward, 1872 - 27 Jan 1952
Peggy Jean Montgomery, 29 Oct 1918 - 24 Feb 2020
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1909 - 2000
Dolores Costello, 17 Sep 1905 - 1 Mar 1979
Lowell J. Sherman, 1885 - 1934
Clara Gordon Bow, 29 Jul 1905 - 26 Sep 1965
Joan Crawford, 23 Mar 1904 - 13 May 1977
Mary Astor, 3 May 1906 - 25 Sep 1987
Anna Q. Nilsson, 30 May 1890 - 1974
Sally O'Neil, 23 Oct 1908 - 1968
Jackie Coogan, 26 Oct 1914 - 1 Mar 1984
Lois Moran, 1 Mar 1908 - 13 Jul 1990
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, 16 Apr 1889 - 25 Dec 1977
Richard Dix, 8 Aug 1894 - 20 Sep 1949
Edmund Goulding, 20 Mar 1891 - 24 Dec 1959
Ramon Novarro, 6 Feb 1899 - 31 Oct 1968
Mauritz Stiller, 17 Jul 1883 - Nov 1928
Vilma Banky, 9 Jan 1898 - 18 Mar 1991
Emil Jannings, 23 Jul 1884 - 2 Jan 1950
Lya de Putti, 1901 - 27 Nov 1931
Lil Dagover, 30 Sep 1897 - 23 Jan 1980
James Robert Quirk, c. 1883 - 1 Aug 1932
Ernst Lubitsch, 29 Jan 1892 - 30 Nov 1947
Lothar Mendes, 19 May 1894 - 25 Feb 1974
George Jean Nathan, 14 Feb 1882 - 8 Apr 1958
F. W. Murnau, 1888 - 1931
Joseph Schildkraut, 1895 - 1964
Pola Negri, 3 Jan 1897 - 1 Aug 1987
Erich Von Stroheim, 22 Sep 1885 - 12 May 1957
Max Reinhardt, 9 Sep 1873 - 31 Oct 1943
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Paul Morand, 1888 - 1976
Anita Loos, 26 Apr 1888 - 18 Aug 1981
Konrad Bercovici, 1882 - 1961
Aileen Pringle, 1895 - 1989
Henry Louis Mencken, 12 Sep 1880 - 29 Jan 1956
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 24 Sep 1896 - 21 Dec 1940
Jim Tully, 1891 - 1947
Theodore Dreiser, 27 Aug 1871 - 28 Dec 1945
Joseph Hergesheimer, 15 Feb 1880 - 25 Apr 1954
Elinor Glyn, 1864 - 1943
Gloria May Josephine Swanson, 27 Mar 1899 - 4 Apr 1983
Irving Thalberg, 1899 - 1936
Greta Garbo, 18 Sep 1905 - 15 Apr 1990
John Gilbert, 10 Jul 1897 - 9 Jan 1936
Pauline Stark, 1900 - 1977
King Vidor, 1894 - 1982
Louis Burt Mayer, 1885 - 29 Oct 1957
Cecil Blount DeMille, 12 Aug 1881 - 21 Jan 1959
Marcus Loew, 7 May 1870 - 5 Sep 1927
Samuel Goldwyn, 27 Aug 1882 - 31 Jan 1974
Carl Laemmle, 1867 - 1939
Jesse Louis Lasky, 1880 - 1958
Adolph Zukor, 7 Jan 1873 - 10 Jun 1976
Morris Gest, 1881 - 1942
Victor McLaglen, 1886 - 1959
Edward "Hoot" Gibson, 1892 - 1962
Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy, 1891 - 1978
Wallace Fitzgerald Beery, 1 Apr 1885 - 15 Apr 1949
Matt Moore, 8 Jan 1888 - 21 Jan 1960
Mae Murray, 10 May 1889 - 23 Mar 1965
Lewis J. Cody, 1887 - 1934
William Fox, 1879 - 1952
Colleen Moore, 19 Aug 1900 - 25 Jan 1988
David Lewelyn Wark Griffith, 22 Jan 1875 - 23 Jul 1948
May Allison, 1895 - 1989
Tom Moore, c.1884 - 1955
Owen Moore, 1886 - 1939
Noah Beery, Sr., 1884 - 1946
Tom Mix, 6 Jan 1880 - 12 Oct 1940
Lon Chaney, 1 Apr 1883 - 26 Aug 1930
Jack Dempsey, 24 Jun 1895 - 31 May 1983
Alla Nazimova, 4 Jun 1878 - 13 Jul 1945
Richard Barthelmess, 1895 - 1963
Estelle Taylor, 1899 - 1958
Blanche Sweet, 1896 - 1986
Marshal "Mickey" Neilan, 1891 - 1958
Louise Brooks, 1868 - 1929
Buster Keaton, 4 Oct 1895 - 1 Feb 1966
Bebe Daniels, 1901 - 1961
Will Rogers, 4 Nov 1879 - 15 Aug 1935
Lillian Gish, 14 Oct 1893 - 27 Feb 1993
Will H. Hays, 5 Nov 1879 - 7 Mar 1954
Dorothy Gish, 1898 - 1968
Constance Talmadge, c. 1899 - 1973
Bessie Love, 10 Sep 1898 - 26 Apr 1986
Lionel Barrymore, 28 Apr 1878 - 15 Nov 1954
Norma Talmadge, 1897 - 1957
Frances Marion Owens, 1890 - 1973
Florence Vidor, 1895 - 1977
George Fitzmaurice, 1895 - 1940
Eddie Cantor, Sept 1892 - 10 Oct 1964
Mack Sennett, 1880 - 1960
Adolphe Menjou, 18 Feb 1890 - 29 Oct 1963
Thomas Meighan, 1879 - 1936
Syd Chaplin, 1885 - 1965
Harry Langdon, 1884 - 1944
Justine Johnston
Beatrice Lillie, 29 May 1894 - 20 Jan 1989
Sid Grauman, 1879 - 1950
Ronald Coleman, 1891 - 1958
Mary Philbin, 1903 - 1993
William Randolph Hearst, 29 Apr 1863 - 14 Aug 1951
Walter Wanger, 1894 - 1968
Thomas Moreno, 1887 - 1967
Betty Compson, 1897 - 1974
Carmel Myers, 1900 - 1980
Conrad Nagel, 1897 - 1970
Corinne Griffith, 1896 - 1979
William Claude Fields, 29 Jan 1880 - 25 Dec 1946
H. B. Warner, 1876 - 1958
Louella Parsons, 1893 - 1972
Harold Clayton Lloyd, 20 Apr 1894 - 8 Mar 1971
Mabel Normand, 1894 - 1930
James Cruze, 1884 - 1942
Joseph M. Schenck, 1878 - 1961
Date
c. 1927
Type
Decorative Arts
Medium
Printed silk
Dimensions
Dress (on pillow in box): 98 x 70 x 3.5 cm. (38 9/16 x 27 9/16 x 1 3/8")
Belt: 90.5 x 7.5 cm. (35 5/8 x 3")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of Richard Merkin
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.96.126
Exhibition Label
After caricaturist Ralph Barton published an illustration in Vanity Fair highlighting the film-world elite dining at Hollywood's legendary Cocoanut Grove restaurant, the design was chosen for an Americana series of silk fabrics. One young flapper chose the Cocoanut Grove silk to make into this simple frock. Famous profiles of John Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Eddie Cantor pop out of the picture; Charlie Chaplin scurries in late; film industry regulator Will Hays serves as the maître d'hôtel. The dress, still stained from its partygoing career, undoubtedly evoked for its owner the tempo, glamour, and theatricality of metropolitan life. To her elders, though, it must have seemed shockingly revealing of arms and legs.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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