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Sleeveless black cocktail or short evening dress of silk chiffon over cream silk satin lining, with draped neckline front and back, attached wide velvet belt, and silk chenille ball fringe at hem. Skirt hangs from cream silk grosgrain waistband inside. Metal zipper, hooks and eyes, and snaps;...

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Purchased by the donor, Jean Gavin, from Pierre Balmain between 1961-1962; Gift to MFA (Accession Date: January 23, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James M. Gavin

French, 1960–65


Center back: 106.7 cm (42 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (chiffon) and velvet


Textiles and Fashion Arts