Woman's evening dress or tea gown

French
1919–30
Designed by Maurice Babani (French, born in Middle East), For Babani (French, founded 1895)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Center front: 141 cm (55 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1422

Medium or Technique

Silk velvet, embroidered with metallic thread and silk-and-metallic cord; silk plain weave lining, printed silk label

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Blue-green silk velvet gown, embroidered at cuffs and neckline in imitation of North African or Middle Eastern caftans, chain-stitched areas in gold metal-wrapped thread, outlined in couched cord of twisted orange silk and gold metallic thread, with trompe-l’oeil pendant effect at center front. Tan silk plain weave lining. Printed silk label at back of neck: “Babani / 98 Bd Haussman / Paris”

Provenance

May 2006, purchased by dealer Katy Kane of New Hope, PA from a Long Island, NY estate; purchased by the MFA (Accession date: September 20, 2006)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Fund