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Evening ensemble

Designed by Gianfranco Ferré (Italian, 1944–2007)


Center back (tied): 71.1 cm (28 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave; printed, plastic

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Single-breasted jacket of orange slubbed silk printed with red and dark red swirling lines and flower heads with shoulder pads and one-button closer at front. Cuffs close with two orange buttons at the wrists and the back is slit down the center; the side panels are tied into a loose knot. Half-lined in orange silk.

Short sleeve wrap cardigan sweater of black knit wool with attached panels of striped orange, pink, and brown slubby silk.

Collarless long-sleeve wrap blouse of red silk printed with pattern of orange and brown swirling lines and flower heads. Right front wraps over left front panel and closes with three buttons set on the diagonal. Left front panel buttons at left hem. Floating panel from left side wraps over right front panel and buttons at the hem. Two panels button at the back with three red buttons, allowing back to gather beneath and extend past panels. No closure at cuffs.

Skirt of orange slubbed silk with frontal box pleat, two slanted side pockets, and a cross-over waistband that is slightly lower and front and back than at sides. Lined in orange silk plain weave. Covered zipper at left side seam.


Interior label (jacket): "GIANFRANCO FERRE / MADE IN ITALY" Smaller label: "PURA SETA / PURE SILK"

Interior label (sweater): "Neiman-Marcus" "GIANFRANCO FERRE / MADE IN ITALY" "40" and small "dry-clean only" tag.

Interior label (blouse): "GIANFRANCO FERRE / MADE IN ITALY"

Interior label (skirt): "GIANFRANCO FERRE / MADE IN ITALY" Smaller label: "PURA SETA / PURE SILK"


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