Sketch from couture sketch book
Five Women wearing Givenchy
Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009)
Length x width: 42 x 27 cm (16 9/16 x 10 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Black marker on paper
Not On View
Beginning from the left, woman 1 wears a large hat and a double breasted coat with 5 sets of buttons, a collar, long sleeves, bow at the waist, and it falls just below the knee. On her feet are slim, pointed block heels with a buckle across the toe.
Woman 2 wears a medium brimmed black hat whose face has been whited out. She dons a collared coat with one set of buttons down the front, and a square flapped pocket in the right corner of the coat. The coat is unbuttoned in this illustration, with the woman’s short black gloved hands on her hips. She wears a black blouse with a scarflike tie around the base of her neck. She carries a purse on her left forearm. Her skirt sits at her waist with a single button in the center for closure. The skirt falls at the kneww, and she wears large fishnet tights. On her feet are heeled loafers with fringe across the toe.
Woman 3 wears a fringed evening dress with an obi-like waist adornment that fastens in the center front with a bow. The dress has 3/4 length sleeves, a round neck, and falls mid calf. She wears simple black square toed heels.
Woman 4 wears an evening coat which drapes across itself around her shoulders. It has long sleeves and she wears long black gloves. The dressis cut close to the body,emphasizing her thin and long figure. Just above the knee, the coat dress becomes very full and splays out into an A-shape. On her feet she wears pointed toe heels with a bow across the foot, acting as a strap.
Woman 5 wears a thick headband in her blonde hair, a wide necked flower patterned dress whose sleeves end mid forearm. The dress is tied with dark fabric in a bow at the waist. The dress hits mid calf. She wears square heels.
Text on the image reads: “GIVENCHY” next to each figure, and the numbers: “545” to the right of woman 1; “543” to the top right of woman 1; “433” and “423” (?) to the top right of woman 2; “455” to the right of woman 3; “474” to the right of woman 4; and “537” to the right of woman 5.
The artist; gift of the artist to the MFA. (Accession date: March 25, 2009)
Gift of Kenneth Paul Block, made possible with the generous assistance of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf