Designer: Giorgio Armani (Italian, born 1934)

Date: fall/winter 2002–3

Culture: Italian

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Giorgio Armani, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.68a, b


Armani created a form of tailoring reliant on the structure and draping characteristics of the cloth rather than on interfacings and padding of traditional tailored garments. In the instance of draped evening wear, however, Armani could not be more distinct in his interests and approaches. This one-shouldered "gown" is actually a jumpsuit, ending in tightly fitted Asian dhoti-style ankle cuffs that gather the fabric into a soft harem hem. The half-bow at the shoulder is a separate scarf that can be arranged to the taste of the wearer.