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Evening ensemble

French
1980s
Designed by Bernard Perris (French, born in 1936)


Dimensions

Center back (dress): 83.8 cm (33 in.) Center back (top): 27.9 cm (11 in.) Length (skirt): 116.8 cm (46 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1046.1-3

Medium or Technique

Lace, silk satin weave, silk plain weave, tulle, metal, plastic

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Short off-the-shoulder overdress of white lace with long sleeves (zippers at cuffs), bodice lined in white silk plain weave, and underskirt of white tulle edged in white lace. Zipper with hook-and-eyes at center back.

Strapless bustier top of black silk satin pieced with white silk in striped pattern with faux tie at back and a large bow. Fastens with three hook-and-eye closures at center back, lined in white silk plain weave.

Floor-length skirt of white lace with a large black and white bow at low center back, from which falls a small gathered train of white lace. White tulle underskirt with lace at hem for support, lined in white silk plain weave. Metal zipper at center back. No label.

Signed

Interior label (dress): "Bernard / Perris / Paris"

Interior label (top): "Bernard / Perris / Paris"

Provenance

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