"Colin Maillard" ensemble

"Colin Maillard" evening dress

Spring 1987
Designed by Christian Lacroix (French, born in 1951), For House of Patou (French, founded 1914)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back (dress): 91.4 cm (36 in.) Length x width (hat): 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in.) Length (shoes): 24 cm (9 7/16 in.) Length (belt): 226.1 cm (89 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dress: silk plain weave with embroidery; silk lace; tulle; silk plain weave; silk satin weave Hat: braided straw; silk plain weave Shoes: silk satin; plastic; leather Belt: silk plain weave; leather; metal

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Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Short gray silk dress with black embroidered skirt, white ruffled bodice, and black satin straps. Interior has many layers of tulle petticoats and silk lining.

Oversized straw hat with square crown and wide brim with pink silk rose with green petals.

Black evening pumps with silk satin ribbon crisscrossing the vamp and long black ribbons that wrap around the ankle and up the leg.

Chartreuse green silk belt with large trapezoidal stationary buckle and three holes to tighten. Metal hook closure. Lined with white leather.


Label in bodice reads: "Jean Patou/Printemps Ele 1987/no. 29/Colin Maillard."


1987, produced by Christian Lacroix for the House of Jean Patou, Paris; March 28, 2010, Jean de Moüy sale, Chayette et Cheval, Paris, lot 164, to Cameron Silver of Decades Inc., Los Angeles [see note 1]; purchased from Decades by the MFA (Accession date: June 16, 2010)

[1] Jean de Moüy is Jean Patou's grand nephew.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund