Woman's ensemble

Designed by Arnold Scaasi (American, (1930-2015))

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Center back (dress): 120 cm (47 1/4 in.) Length (shawl): 259.1 cm (102 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (chiffon); silk or synthetic plain weave; silk ribbon; metallic thread; metal zipper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Strapless dress of pink chiffon with floating outer panel that remains open at center back over a tubular skirt of silk or synthetic plain weave (overlaid with pink chiffon at back where floating panel is open). Top and bottom hem trimmed with self-fabric ruffles set in two channels all around and edged with gold thread. The number of ruffled channels increases at the bottom hem. The boned detached bodice lined in yellow silk. Closes at center back with two zipppers (inner metal, outer plastic) and two satin ribbons of pink backed with apricot at back on each side of the outer zipper. Hem of inner skirt stiffened with horsehair. Labelled at proper left back: “ARNOLD SCAASI”

Pink silk chiffon shawl with ruffles around entire perimeter.


The artist; 2010, gift of the artist to the MFA. (Accession date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

Arnold Scaasi Collection—Gift of Arnold Scaasi
Made possible through the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O'Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert


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