Woman's caftan

English (London)
about 1969
Designed by Thea Porter (English (born in Jerusalem), 1927–2000), Retailed by Giorgio Beverly Hills

Object Place: London, England


Center back: 137 cm (53 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (chiffon), resist dyed and embroidered with sequins; silk plain weave with discontinuous patterning wefts

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Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Deep red caftan made of traditional Indian (Gujarati) silk chiffon, tie-dyed with allover pattern of elephants and floral motifs within a grid, heavily embellished with gold chainstitch embroidery and gold sequins. Front decorated with patchwork of pieced red and pink silk brocades and plain weaves. Hook and eye closures down center front. Red and gold twisted belt at natural waist. Lined in red silk chiffon with two interior labels: “Made in England/For/Giorgio Beverly Hills” and “thea porter/couture.”


By 2010, private collection, Beverly Hills [see note 1]; 2010, sold by private collection to Cameron Silver of Decades, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; 2010, sold by Decades tothe MFA. (Accession date: May 19, 2010)

[1] According to e-mail correspondance from Silver, it was purchased from a Beverly Hills woman's estate.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund