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Group of 2,106 fashion illustrations and archival material

Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marker on paper; gouache on paper; watercolor on paper; pencil; ink

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

Group of 2,106 fashion illustrations, sketches, studies, and paintings by Kenneth Paul Block, comprising The Kenneth Paul Block Archive. Includes two couture sketchbooks, many illustrations from Yves Saint Laurent, Halston, Courreges, Dior, and others. The archival material comprises tearsheets and other ephemera from throughout Block’s career, including pages from Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine.


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