Geoffrey Beene (American, Haynesville, Louisiana 1927–2004 New York)
Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1983
Not on view
Active sports have repeatedly inspired designers of women's sportswear, though chiefly by the sports in which women engage. Football is yet a male preserve; even football watching is defined as a male activity. Beene tells the story of being solicited by a "football widow," one whose football-season afternoons are lost to a husband watching games on television, to make a knock-out dress to get her husband's interest even on a bowl Sunday. Beene took to the field and rendered the football jersey into a sequinned evening gown slinky enough, opulent enough to take attention away from the game, at least for half-time.