Woman's ensemble in two parts (dress and coat)

Worn by Helen Lee (American, 1908 or 1909 to 1991), Designed by Arnold Scaasi (American, born in 1930)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Dress: Center back: 93 cm (36 5/8 in.). Coat: Center back: 110.5 cm (43 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dress: Metal; plastic; tulle; silk satin weave, ikat; silk plain weave. Coat: silk plain weave; satin weave silk, ikat

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Coat: Red satin mid-calf length coat with long sleeves, princess seams (in front and back) and a full skirt. Lined in off-white satin weave silk with red and green floral ikat print. Dress: Off-white strapless dress with green and red floral pattern ikat.


1958, designed by Arnold Scaasi, New York City, for Helen Lee; by 1990, for sale at Spink & Sons, London; 1990, purchased by Arnold Scaasi, New York City, from Spink [see note 1]; 2009, gift of Scaasi to the MFA (Accession date: September 16, 2009)

1. See "Eye Scoop," Women's Wear Daily, 1990, copy in curatorial file

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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