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Woman's cocktail dress

Summer 1959
Designer Arnold Scaasi (American, 1930–2015), Fabric by Staron


Center back: 82.6 cm (32 1/2 in.) Measured to point of the V opening.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed silk plain weave (shantung)

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cocktail length dress made of shantung silk printed with colorful umbrella pattern. Bateau neck at front with deep V at back, drop shoulder with gathered sleeve cap; fitted bodice, with full skirt pleated at waist, zipper closure in back. Unlined.

Label inside reads:


1959, received by Claire Scheib Engleman from Arnold Scaasi; 2002, by inheritence her daughters Nancy Katz and Caryl Kligfeld; 2010, gift of Katz and Kligfeld to the MFA (Accession date: December 15, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Caryl Engleman Kligfeld and Nancy Engleman Katz in honor of Claire Scheib Engleman