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Woman's evening dress with shawl

Spring/Summer 1986
Designed by Arnold Scaasi (American, 1930–2015), Worn by Gayfryd Steinberg

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Center back (dress): 132.1 cm (52 in.) Center front (dress): 139.7 cm (55 in.) Length x width (shawl): 154 x 50.8 cm (60 5/8 x 20 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with synthetic plain weave appliques and fused metallic polyester paillettes and crystals

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Strapless evening dress patterned with rows of black, white, and metallic “petals.” Zipper and hook and eye at center back. Bodice lined in white silk and skirt in black silk. Layers of black tulle petticoats. Interior label: ARNOLD SCAASI.

Black shawl patterned with rows of black, white, and metallic “petals.”


Before 2010, purchased by Gayfryd Steinberg, New York City; gift of Steinberg to the MFA (Accession date: June 16, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Gayfryd Steinberg