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Evening gown

Fall 2002
Designed by Oscar de la Renta (American (born in the Dominican Republic), born in 1932)


Center back: 139.7 cm (55 in.)

Accession Number


Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black silk evening gown with patchwork applique. Long sleeved dress with full floor-length skirt and princess seams. Shoulders are rounded and lightly padded and puffed. Around the bottom of the skirt and around the bottom edge of the right sleeve is an appliqued patchwork design (at the end of each sleeve is a small invisible zipper).The patches are large and angular, and vary in size, shape and color. Each patch has a screen printed floral pattern, ehnanced with colorful embroidery. At the center of each flower is a small circular mirror, surrounded by rows of stitching. Types of stitches used include variations of the chainstitch and backstitch. The colors include: sky blue, dark blue, muddy green, mauve, orange, gold, pink, mustard yellow, teal,purple and red. The materials of the patches vary, some are silk and others appear to be cotton. There is a black tulle petticoat, and a ruffled, orange, silk, petticoat that extends past the black dress. At the back of the dress is a black invisible zipper that extends to the end of the bodcie from the base of the neckline.


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