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Gown

1930s
Designed by Main Rousseau Bocher, known as Mainbocher (American (active in France), 1891–1976)


Dimensions

Center front x bust x waist x hips: 60 x 32 x 24 x 33 in. (152.4 x 81.3 x 61 x 83.8 cm) Center back: 70 in. (177.8 cm)

Accession Number

2012.442

Medium or Technique

lame, silk plain weave (charmeuse)

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Floral gold lame bias cut evening gown. Dress constructed in a combination of panels and pieces hand sewn together on the bias. Fabric in muted colors of gold, bronze, peach, green, and silver. In lieu of a lining the lame is double faced with interior fabric identical to lame pattern but made of colorful silk charmeuse. Dress is cut shorter in the front and has a fantail back. Custom made, numbered, .

Numbered: “18 984”

Provenance

About 1990, Marilyn Glass, Los Angeles, CA; 2012, sold by Glass to the MFA. (Accession date: June 27, 2012)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in honor of Alexandra B. Huff