Gown

1940s
Howard Greer (American, 1896–1974)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2012.1041

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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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

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.

Signed

Labeled "Howard Greer"

Provenance

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