"Barbade" evening ensemble

"Barbade" evening dress

Spring 1987
Designed by Christian Lacroix (French, born in 1951), For House of Patou (French, founded 1914)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back (dress): 127 cm (50 in.) Height x length (wrap): 104.1 x 325.1 cm (41 x 128 in.) Length (shoes): 27.9 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dress: silk plain weave, printed Wrap: silk plain weave, printed Shoes: silk satin weave, printed; leather; plastic

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pink and black strapless evening dress with two tiered pouf shirt with large pink rose and black bow in between. Bodice and skirt pink with black floral patterning and underskirt is printed with horizontal brown, pink, white, and black stripes. Zipper at center back. Interior lined in white silk.

Pink, brown, black, and white striped chiffon evening wrap.

White and brown striped pumps


Label at waistband: "Jean Patou/Printemps Ele 1987/no. 46/Barbade."


1987, produced by Christian Lacroix for the House of Jean Patou, Paris; March 28, 2010, Jean de Moüy sale, Chayette et Cheval, Paris, lot 206, to Cameron Silver of Decades Inc., Los Angeles [see note 1]; purchased from Decades by the MFA (Accession date: June 16, 2010)

[1] Jean de Moüy is Jean Patou's grand nephew.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund