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Woman's Late Afternoon Dress

Designed by Gustave Tassell, American, 1926 - 2014

Made in California, United States, North and Central America

Fall 1957

Silk taffeta, silk satin

Center Back Length: 44 inches (111.8 cm) Waist: 26 inches (66 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the designer, 1973

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Tassell perfected this basic silhouette over many seasons: a spare neckline; gently sloping shoulders; and a softly gathered, bell-shaped skirt with a satin ribbon sash loosely tied in a bow. This simple look appealed to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore the designer's clothes on her trips with the president to Latin America, India, and Pakistan in 1961 and 1962.