Woman's dress

about 1968
Designed by Geoffrey Beene (American, 1927–2004), Retailed by Bonwit Teller and Co. (American, 1898-1990)

Object Place: United States


Center back: 92.71 cm (36 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave (crepe) trimmed with ostrich feathers and silk ribbon; lined with silk plain weave

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Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black long sleeve cocktail dress with standing collar and three closely placed rows (18”) of gray/black and white ostrich feathers along bottom. On the lower right side of the dress, within the feathers, is a black silk satin bow. Set in sleeves with an elbow dart 8.75” up the sleeve and a 4” metal zipper at each cuff. Two hook and eye closures above a 21” zipper down the center back.

The interior is lined in black plain weave silk with a label along the upper left zipper: “Geoffrey Beene” and two labels at the base of the zipper; “Bonwit Teller” and “612692/Union Made/ ILWU [international ladies garments workers union]/AFL-CIO.”

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund