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"Diabolo" ensemble

"Diabolo" cocktail 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): 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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


Twill tape tag in skirt: "Jean Patou/Printemps-ete 1987/no. 28/Diabolo."


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)

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

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund