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Evening dress

Designer:
Geoffrey Beene (American, Haynesville, Louisiana 1927–2004 New York)
Date:
1968
Culture:
American
Medium:
plastic, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.209.36
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.
Marking: [label] "Geoffrey Beene"
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