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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"Diabolo" ensemble
"Diabolo" cocktail dress

Spring 1987
Designed by Christian Lacroix
For House of Patou
Center back (dress): 87 cm (34 1/4 in.) Length x width (hat): 54.9 x 60 cm (21 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.) Length (bandeau): 66 cm (26 in.) Length (wrapper): 68.6 cm (27 in.)
Dress: silk plain weave, printed; silk tulle; lace; plastic Hat: braided straw; metal Bandeau: silk plain weave, printed; metal Wrapper: silk plain weave, printed; metal

Classification: Costumes

Culture: French

Object Place: Paris, France

Accession number: 2010.385.1-4

Description: Blue and white long sleeve cocktail dress with sheer polka dot bodice, sash at low waist, and layered lace and tulle skirt with large pink and green silk flower. Covered buttons down center back, and zipper at cuffs. Oversized straw hat with large brim and gold-tone stickpin in crown. Blue and white polka dot bandeau with hook and eye clasp at center back. Blue and white polka dot shoulder wrapper with snaps along right side.

Provenance/Ownership History: 1987, produced by Christian Lacroix for the House of Jean Patou, Paris; March 28, 2010, Jean de Moüy sale, Chayette et Cheval, Paris, lot 151, to Cameron Silver of Decades Inc., Los Angeles [see note 1]; purchased from Decades by the MFA (Accession date: June 16, 2010) NOTES: [1] Jean de Moüy is Jean Patou's grand nephew.

William E. Nickerson Fund