Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Museum Year 2010

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David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts: July 2009–June 2010


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Woman's caftan

about 1969
Designed by Thea Porter
Retailed by Giorgio Beverly Hills
Center back: 137 cm (53 15/16 in.)
Silk plain weave (chiffon), resist dyed and embroidered with sequins; silk plain weave with discontinuous patterning wefts

Classification: Costumes

Culture: English (London)

Object Place: London, England

Accession number: 2010.332

Description: Deep red caftan made of traditional Indian (Gujarati) silk chiffon, tie-dyed with allover pattern of elephants and floral motifs within a grid, heavily embellished with gold chainstitch embroidery and gold sequins. Front decorated with patchwork of pieced red and pink silk brocades and plain weaves. Hook and eye closures down center front. Red and gold twisted belt at natural waist. Lined in red silk chiffon with two interior labels: "Made in England/For/Giorgio Beverly Hills" and "thea porter/couture."

Provenance/Ownership History: By 2010, private collection, Beverly Hills [see note 1]; 2010, sold by private collection to Cameron Silver of Decades, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; 2010, sold by Decades tothe MFA. (Accession date: May 19, 2010) NOTES: [1] According to e-mail correspondance from Silver, it was purchased from a Beverly Hills woman's estate.

Frederick Brown Fund