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Dress

Department Store:
Serendipity 3 (American, opened 1954)
Designer:
Stephen Bruce (American, born Constableville, New York, 1932)
Designer:
Leila Larmon
Date:
1966
Culture:
American
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Stephen Bruce, 1983
Accession Number:
2009.300.1002
Not on view
Stephen Bruce, along with Patch Carradine and Calvin Holt formed the Serendipity 3, opening a tiny coffee shop and boutique that would become an New York institution and favorite of such icons as Andy Warhol. Bruce began his fashion career as a window dresser for Macy's, and designed clothes for the shop's boutique along with Leila Larmon. The whimsical style of both the Serendipity label and the shop itself is evident in this caftan depicting the "Hey Diddle Diddle" nursery rhyme.
Marking: Label: "Serendipity"
Machine embroidered in rust: "ETH"
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