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Woman's evening dress in three parts (overdress, skirt, and belt)

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Black silk jersey overdress and floor-length skirt; overdress, lined with silk and gathered at waist, can be draped in a variety of ways. Dress was originally white, overdyed black by Stahl(?), Boston. Wide shaped belt of black suede appliqued with gilt leather in an abstract pattern; fastens...

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Purchased and worn by Polly Thayer Starr; Gift to the MFA, September 25, 2002

Credit Line

Gift of Polly Thayer Starr


Reproduced with permission.

American, 1930s

  • Designed by Valentina, American (born in Russia), 1904–1989
Object Place

New York, New York, United States


Center back (overdress): 204.5 cm (80 1/2 in.) Length (skirt): 109.2 cm (43 in.) Length x width (belt): 77.5 x 12.7 cm (30 1/2 x 5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk jersey, silk plainweave lining; suede appliquéd belt with gilt leather


Textiles and Fashion Arts