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Day ensemble

Designed by Zandra Rhodes (English, born in 1940)


Center back (dress): 148.6 cm (58 1/2 in.) Center back (jumper): 104.1 cm (41 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rayon jersey, leather; painted/dyed

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Full length light brown rayon jersey tubular dress with long sleeves, high mock turtleneck, and falling panels under sleeves edged in serrated gilded leather and gathered at small epaulettes at shoulders. Fastens with two self buttons at center back neck.

Overdress in simple rectangular design of bright purple chiffon shifting to darker slate blue at hem, printed with circular Native American-inspired motif in gold and pink on both front and back, trimmed at top and hem with pink and purple faux pearls, and gathered at center front to create and uneven hem. Gold serrated leather straps attached at front and back in simple tank style to create draped underarms. A gold leather plaque at the center front is pierced and appliqued with heart-shaped faux-stone beads, purple and pink rhinestones, and additional purple and pink faux pearls.


Interior label (underdress): "Zandra Rhodes / London" , "English size 12 / American size 10"

Interior label (overdress): "Zandra Rhodes / London"


1980s, purchased by Lizbeth Krupp, Chestnut Hill, MA; 2012, gift of Krupp to the MFA. (Accession date: December 12, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Lizbeth Krupp