Woman's 1920s-inspired ensemble in two parts (dress, hat)

American
1980s
Designed by Bob Mackie (American, born in 1940)


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

Dress: center back: 94 cm (37 in.) Hat: height x width, circumference: 16 1/2 x 15 1/2 in., 49 cm (41.9 x 39.4 cm, 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.4203.1-2

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (crepe); silk satin weave; tulle; plastic rhinestones, beads and sequins; adhesive; metal; (glass?)

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Light pink 1920s inspired dress with deep scoop neckline and thin shoulder straps that are covered in gold and clear beads over silk crepe and tulle. Long sleeves hang off of the shoulder and are made primarily of tulle adorned by beads, rhinestones and sequins in a diamond patterned motif. The top of each sleeve features a petal shaped underlayer of silk satin weave in light pink that is sewn beneath the tulle covered by gold sequins and beads as well as clear rhinestones. The hem of each sleeve as well as the hemline features strands of gold and clear beads. Front of dress is divided into three panels, two side panels with long rows of gold beading. Center panel has same diamond patterned motif as the sleeves. The neckline features a pointed shape made of densely placed beads, sequins and rhinestones. The hemline is a continuation of this center front neckline point shape. Back neckline is a deep scoop with criss-crossing straps that are attached to the shoulder straps. The deep scoop shape is continued in the beading pattern adn gradually comes to a point at the back hemline. Garment has an underlay of silk crepe fabric in light pink and is lined in silk satin weave. Hook and eyes at the criss-crossing straps allow for adjusting the fit of the garment.

Tiara-like headpiece with gold beads and clear rhinestones bordering the circumference of this piece. Surrounding the hat are strands of off-white (glass?) beads with gold and clear beads at each end and middle section of strands. Sides of hat feature an extra layer of beads that creates a zig-zag pattern through variating lengths of each strand. Interior of hat consists of a metal hoop contructed is similarly to that of boning.

Provenance

By 2009, in collection of Yolanda Cellucci of Waltham, MA; gift of Cellucci to the MFA (Accession date: September 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Yolanda of Yolanda Enterprises Inc.