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Woman's Evening Dress

Designed by Gustave Tassell, American, 1926 - 2014

Made in United States, North and Central America

Spring/summer 1969

Linen plain weave, silk satin

Center Back Length: 59 inches (149.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the designer, 1972

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The chemise, or sack dress, was reintroduced by Traina-Norell in 1950 and reemerged in 1957 and again in spring/summer 1969. Tassell's version explores contrasts-black and white, linen and silk, plain weave and satin-and gives this classic silhouette a totally modern look. The pared-down aesthetic it exemplifies garnered Tassell the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award--the fashion industry's "Oscar"--in 1961. His work was cited for its "serene purity of line in fashion, which only a few designers in the world are able to achieve."

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