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Woman's "Sea Fan Fantasy" Evening Dress

Designed by Tina Leser, American, 1910 - 1986

Made in United States, North and Central America


Hand-painted and spray-painted cellulose acetate plain weave, metallic sequins

Length: 63 inches (160 cm) Waist: 24 inches (61 cm) Circumference (Bust): 31 inches (78.7 cm) Center Back Length (Neck to waist): 17 1/2 inches (44.5 cm) Center Front Length (Neck to waist): 16 1/2 inches (41.9 cm) Length (Skirt): 46 inches (116.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Tina Leser, 1947

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Philadelphia native Tina Leser incorporated exotic elements from her extensive travels into her innovative clothing, which included both dressy and casual wear. This evening gown, given to the Museum as indicative of the fashion trends of 1947, has a full skirt and fitted bodice but lacks shoulder padding. The hand-painted design—one of Leser’s hallmarks—is in underwater colors, and blue and silver sequins accent the large sea fans.