Woman's dress

American
1980s
Designed by Ruben Panis (1932–1989)


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

Center back: 104 cm (40 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2010.990

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (chiffon) appliqued with cotton plain weave and plastic sequins; synthetic net, silk satin ribbon.

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s evening dress features a black silk bodice paired with a long white chiffon skirt. Bodice has empire waistline, V-neckline, and large puffed sleeves appliqued with random pattern of white leaves and sequins. Wide black satin ribbon at waist, zipper at back. Skirt made up of four layers of white chiffon.

Three interior labels read:
“Rubin Panis”
“Sarah Fredericks”
“Dry Clean Only. Do not use petroleum solvents or the coin operated method of dry cleaning.”

Provenance

By 1990, purchased by Mary Philopolous, Canton MA; 2010, gift of Mary Philopolous to MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Philopoulos