Woman's dress (cheongsam)

Chinese
1950–59


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Center back: 104.1 cm (41 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2060

Medium or Technique

Synthetic satin, silk satin, silk plain weave lining, metal zippers and snaps; appliquéd with glass beads, faux pearls, crocheted cotton, rayon velvet

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Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Black satin cheongsam with green satin piping and frog closure; with Mandarin collar, short sleeves, side slits, snap closure across right shoulder and side zipper closure. Center front appliqued with floral motif made of glass bead and faux pearl vines and branches, green rayon velvet leaves, and crocheted cotton flowers with pink glass bead centers.

Provenance

A vintage clothing store, Seattle, WA; about 1984, purchased by Julia A. McCarthy; 2004, gift of McCarthy to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 17, 2004)

Credit Line

Gift of Julia A. McCarthy in honor of Mary Noreen McCarthy