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Woman's Evening Dress

Designed by Adrian, American, 1903 - 1959

Made in United States, North and Central America


Silk velvet

Center Front Length: 48 inches (121.9 cm) Center Back Length: 66 inches (167.6 cm) Waist: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Length (Center front waist to floor): 40 1/2 inches (102.9 cm) Length (Center back waist to hem): 50 1/8 inches (127.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Walter H. Mock, Jr., 1961

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Hollywood costume designer Adrian brought cinematic drama to his ready-to-wear and custom clothing. In contrast to the rounded shoulders Christian Dior had introduced, Adrian maintained that women looked best in clothing with wide shoulders, with slim hips for day and interesting skirts for night. In this striking gown, elegant velvet flows into a graceful trailing skirt, frames a wide neckline, and forms what the New York Times called "winged victory sleeves."