Woman's dress

Designed by Arnold Scaasi (American, (1930-2015)), Worn by Aretha Franklin (American, born in 1942)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Center back: 154 cm (60 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk (?) knit; tulle; silk satin; rhinestones; metal

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue silk jersey and tulle dress with long sheer sleeves, upper bodice and upper back with rows of diamond-like rhinestones. Short jersey dress with rhinestones along center front, décolletage and hemline with tulle extending from jersey hemline, patterned with rhinestones. Zipper at center back and hook at eye at collar. Lined in blue silk satin with interior boning.


Before 2009, in collection of the designer, Arnold Scaasi, New York City; gift of Scaasi to the MFA (Accession date: September 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Arnold Scaasi Collection-Gift of Arnold Scaasi
Made possible through the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, anonymous donors, Penny and Jeff Vinik, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Carol Wall, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Megan O'Block, Lorraine Bressler, and Daria Petrilli-Eckert


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