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The Duchess of Windsor in Balenciaga linen dress

American
April 9, 1962
Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009), Model Wallis Simpson, known as The Duchess of Windsor (American, 1895 or 1896–1986), Client Fairchild Publications, Published by Women's Wear Daily


Dimensions

Height x width: (64 x 48 cm)

Accession Number

2009.482

Medium or Technique

Crayon with opaque white paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Fashion illustration

Appeared in Women’s Wear Daily. Kenneth wrote a brief story to accompany the three drawings he made of the Duchess of Windsor for WWD, and also wrote a longer essay that appears in “Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block.” He and the Duchess conspired to come up with a name for the color of this dress. Kenneth suggested “borscht” but she preferred “raspberry souffle.”

(black and white)

Provenance

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