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Evening ensemble

Designed by Bernard Perris (French, born in 1936)


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


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

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


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