Requires Photography

Fashion illustration depicting female model in dress, robe, and flats

Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009), For Bergdorf Goodman (American, founded 1901)


Height x width: 25 3/16 x 18 7/8 in. (64 x 48 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black marker, ink wash, graphite on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

Fashion illustration depicting female model in Poiret silouette dress; skirt draped from bodice’s raised waistline into a swag of folds falling to model’s right ankle, the bodice has a scoop neck and bold sun ray motif which contrasts with the skirt’s bold foliate motif; dress is worn under a peignoir style robe with full sleeves gathered into narrow wristbands, it is kneelength and open down front, collarless with a neckline tie that cinches robe into close folds down front, worn over light hose and ballet style ribboned slippers

Text in pencil and ink: ” VERTICAL Bergdorf’s 65 screen comb. velox, line & tone hold black solid 10/29/78 2100 h Hanae Mori KPB 79%”

Paper is discolored and stained at right edge


The artist; gift of the artist to the MFA. (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Kenneth Paul Block, made possible with the generous assistance of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf