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Dress

Designed by Zandra Rhodes (English, born in 1940)


Dimensions

Center back: 143.5 cm (56 1/2 in.)

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Floor-length, sheer, silk, printed black dress with lace and rhinestones. The black silk is screen printed with small periwinkle rectangles that have four small dots that line two of its sides (the shapes are more condensed in some areas than others). Elastic at the waist. Balloon sleeves with gathers at armhole and at lower edge (lower edge has a trim of white rhinestones and sheen black seed beads with hints of green and purple). Shoulders are lightly padded. Jewel neckline (with same trim seen at the lower edge of the sleeves) that ties in bow at back (at the end of the black silk ribbons that tie together, there are clusters of round and cylindrical sheen black beads). At the bodice, there is black lace design in the shape of a diamond embellished with rhinestones and seed beads. The dress comes with a black silk belt (approximately 2 in. wide) with an embellishment on each end consisting of rhinestones, sequins, and a half moon shape made from a shiny reflective material.

Provenance

Before 2011, acquired by Evelyn H. Lauder (b. 1936 - d. 2011); 2011, given by inheritance to her husband, Leonard A. Lauder, New York, NY; 2013, gift of Lauder to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

The Evelyn H. Lauder Fashion Collection—Gift of Leonard A. Lauder