Evening dress, Valentina (American, born Russia, 1899–1989), silk, American

Evening dress

Designer:
Valentina (American, born Russia, 1899–1989)
Date:
ca. 1935
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954
Accession Number:
2009.300.190
Not on view
Valentina, a prominent New York designer, often used jersey in evening gowns that she effortlessly shaped using inventive construction and drapery techniques. This example, worn by style arbiter Millicent Rogers and influenced by ancient Greek dress, exhibits Valentina's talent for creating minimalist, yet modern, designs, particularly illustrated in the tucks on the bodice which flow into elegant draped loops.
Marking: Label: "Valentina"
Brooklyn Museum. "From the Millicent Rogers Collection," August 1, 1982–April 30, 1983.