"Diabolo" cocktail dress
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.)
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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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)
 Jean de Moüy is Jean Patou's grand nephew.
William E. Nickerson Fund