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Female model in Valentino skirt ensemble worn with waistband, purse on cord girdles hips, boots, holding coat

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


Height x width: 25 3/16 x 19 1/8 in. (64 x 48.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black marker, ink wash, black pastel on pastel paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

Fashion illustration depicting female model in a two piece Valentino Russian inspired ensemble.

Worn with a broad floral waistband over which hangs a large purse on heavy cording slung around hips, purse is embellished by hanging large plaited tassel. The bodice is fitted, has slit down front attached by frogs, long wide sleeves, peplum, and is decorated with contrasting trim at shoulders,neckline front applique and sleeve cuffs. The mid-length full skirt of matching fabric has broad band of contrasting material at hem. Ensemble is worn with high boots, model has shearling coat slung over shoulder.

Text at left and bottom in pencil and marker:”VERTICAL 18 3/8 65 Screen comb. line & tone Hold blacks comp. solid 80 O>K> V.K Bergdorf’s VALENTINO 15236”

Signature in marker at left: “KPB”


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