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Sketch from couture sketch book

Patou empire waist dress

about 1966
Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009), Illustrating design by Jean Patou (French, 1887–1936)


Height x width: 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (35 x 27 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black marker on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

Left: woman’s head with straight short hair, bangs, and ponytail on top of head. Center: woman wearing empire waist dress with short sleeves, square neck, gathers below bust, and band of pattern around bottom; pointed toe heels. Text: “PATOU 144” (left of center figure).


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