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Playsuit

Designer:
Valentina (American, born Russia, 1899–1989)
Date:
ca. 1940
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1955
Accession Number:
2009.300.1213a, b
Not on view
During the 1930s and '40s, clothing worn for leisure, either in a resort setting or just casually at home, became acceptable and available on a larger scale. Designers offered play-wear that was easy and comfortable, made of less expensive fabrics, such as cotton. This chic example was worn by fashion maven Millicent Rogers. The sexy one-shouldered top is draped like evening wear and the drawstring at the side adds interest and style. The use of a simple knit, and the contrasting fabric of the top and shorts adds visual interest, an effective trademark of Valentina.
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