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Evening dress

about 1990


Center back: 77.5 cm (30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (chiffon), applique with beads, sequins and gold-metallic thread

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Short evening dress of purple shot silk (fuchsia warp and black weft), fitted dropped bodice covered with horizontally pleated silk, layered skit; halter top, neck strap covered with vine applique embroidered with gold beads, gold sequins, and gold-metallic thread. Applique placed along bodice center front and around hips; zipper back closure with buttons at skirt back. Labeled: “Karl Lagerfeld, made in France.”


About August 1991, sold by Henri Bendel, New York to Lorraine Bressler, Weston, MA; 2012, gift of Lorraine Bressler to the MFA. (Accession date: September 26, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Lorraine Bressler