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Evening dress

Designer:
Donna Karan (American, born 1948)
Design House:
Donna Karan New York (American, founded 1985)
Date:
fall/winter 2003–4
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool, metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.420.90
Not on view
In an exception that proves the rule, a body-hugging gown by Donna Karan highlights the relative absence of such dresses in Mrs. Kempner's wardrobe. Her usual preference was for the contours of her body to be apparent but not constrained. Therefore, such fitted garments are rare in the collection. Where the gown alludes to a Kempner sensibility is in the bold metal ornaments that recall similarly minimalist belts and jewelry that she wore over the years.
Marking: [label] "DONNA KARAN / NEW YORK"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," December 12, 2006–March 4, 2007.

de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," June 16, 2007–November 11, 2007.

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