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Woman's evening dress with shawl

Spring 1985
Designed by Arnold Scaasi (American, 1930–2015), Worn by Gayfryd Steinberg

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Center back (dress): 130.8 cm (51 1/2 in.) Length x width (shawl): 137.2 x 91.4 cm (54 x 36 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Synthetic plain weave with weft patterning; printed, synthetic plain weave, metal, plastic, tulle

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dark blue strapless dress patterned with small triangles and printed with large pink circles trimmed in white. Two tiered “bubble” skirt. Zipper at center back. Interior lined in dark blue silk with boning in the bodice, black and white label reading: ARNOLD SCAASI. Layers of dark blue tulle petticoats.

Full selvedge width of bright pink silk, worn as an evening wrapper/shawl.


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