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Howard Greer (American, 1896–1974)


Bust: 34 in (98.3 cm) Waist: 28 in (71 cm) Center-back length: 60 in (152.4 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, bugle beads Chiffon, gauze, and crepe bodice, crepe underbodice Gauze weave overskirt, crepe underskirt Microscopic fiber I.D. silk chiffon, silk gauze, silk crepe (underbodice), rayon crepe (lower bodice and underskirt)

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Multi-color bugle bead bodice overlaid on black silk chiffon with nude rayon crepe spaghetti strap bodice underlay with a voluminous skirt consisting of a narrow black sheath style skirt with a dramatic crinkled black nylon overlay. Back can be worn entirely closed or opened in a keyhole design.


Labeled "Howard Greer"


Before 2012, purchased by Marilyn Glass, Los Angeles, CA; 2012, gift of Marilyn Glass to the MFA. (Accession date: December 12, 2012)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston