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Female model in evening ensemble of dress and wrap

Kenneth Paul Block (American, 1925–2009), For Bergdorf Goodman (American, founded 1901)


Height x width: 25 3/16 x 18 7/8 in. (64 x 48 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black marker, ink wash, graphite, white gouache on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

Fashion illustration depicting female model in evening gown and matching wrap with large scale Japanese inspired floral and wave motifs printed on softly draped fabric: the dress bodice is plain solid and has low straight elasticized neckline across bust and is gathered into a wide waistband of floorlength broadly printed skirt; dress is worn under a softly draped sleeved wrap draped off model’s shoulders and appears cut on the bias, sleeves widen towards wrist and French hem creates soft curves

Text in pencil, ink and marker: “VERTICAL KPB 17 1/2 comb. Line & tone holds blacks solid Bergdorfs”


The artist; gift of the artist to the MFA. (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Kenneth Paul Block, made possible with the generous assistance of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf