Woman's ensemble in five parts (bra top, pair of earrings, necklace, hand bag, haltertop)

American (New York City)
late 1970s


Dimensions

Bra top Height x width x depth: 16 x 33 x 1 cm (6 5/16 x 13 x 3/8 in.) without chain Earrings Height x width x depth: 8 x 4 x 0.7 cm (3 1/8 x 1 9/16 x 1/4 in.) Necklace Length x height x depth: 35.8 x 3 x 0.3 cm (14 1/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/8 in.) Handbag Height x width x depth: 19.8 x 33 x 2 cm (7 13/16 x 13 x 13/16 in.) Halter Top Height x width x depth: 30 x 50 x 0.8 cm (11 13/16 x 19 11/16 x 5/16 in.) without straps

Accession Number

2010.313.1-5

Medium or Technique

Bra top: Suede and mirror Earrings: Suede, mirror, and white metal Necklace: Suede and mirror Handbag: Suede and mirror Halter Top: Leather and plastic

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Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Bra top: The “bra” of this ensemble is composed of black suede “cups”, each composed of seven geometric-shaped elements around a circular shape, which are decorated by round large and small square mirrors. The elements are connected by silver-toned links. The two cups and the straps consist of silver colored chain.
Earrings: Each earring consists of a black suede disc with a round mirror in the center. A chain attaches it to the finding.

Necklace: This necklace, a choker, has 11 black suede discs, with circular mirror centers, are sown to a suede band that fastens with velcro.

Handbag:This envelope purse is made of black suede with round inserts of 15 mirrors on the front. The holes and the edges of the bag are colored pink. The back of the bag has a pocket.

Haltertop: The halter is made from a soft mustard-colored leather and clear plastic beads which decorate a front v-shaped panel. The V is composed of strips of the leather pinched by the beads to form and openwork pattern. Braided strips of leather form the straps that go around the neck and back.

Provenance

Late 1970s, purchased by Karen Rotenberg, Boston, in Greenwich Village, New York City; gift of Rotenberg and her husband Michael to the MFA (Accession date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Karen and Michael Rotenberg