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Woman's evening dress

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Long black bias-cut silk evening dress with wide shoulder straps and square neckline. Zipper on right side.


1939, created by the Paris atelier of Elsa Schiaparelli for her Spring/Summer collection; purchased by unknown client; July 3, 2009, sold at Cornette St. Cyr auctions in Paris to the MFA (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund, and Edwin E. Jack Fund

French, 1939

Object Place

Paris, France


Center back: 133 cm (52 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk twill weave; metal


Textiles and Fashion Arts