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Evening dress

Designer:
Valentina (American, born Russia, 1899–1989)
Date:
ca. 1938
Culture:
American
Medium:
cotton, synthetic, silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 59 in. (149.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Igor Kamlukin, 1996
Accession Number:
2009.300.601a, b
Not on view
The gossamer fabric used for this at-home dress is made of cotton and cellophane, an example of the unusual materials used during the late 1930s and early '40s as synthetics became more available. The cellophane stripe adds just a hint of shimmer. Although the construction is simple, the overall effect is timeless and elegant, a trait sought-after by Valentina's clientele.
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