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Object Number 1986.035.0025 a-d
Object Name Ensemble
Creator Beene, Geoffrey
Date 1970-1975
Culture American
Description Grey crushed velvet evening ensemble. Pants: wide legged, pleats at waist, silver lace at side. Vest: bolero, sleeveless, lace trim. Blouse: grey silk organza, collar, self scarf, 3 button closure, cuffed sleeves. Scarf: grey organza. Pants and vest of velvet. Blouse and scarf of silk organza.

"While Yves Saint Laurent is credited with making the pantsuit respectable for women to wear for evening dress, Geoffrey Beene adapted the concept for the American woman's lifestyle. When first introduced, the idea of a formal pantsuit was far from acceptable. Socialites like Nan Kempner were turned away from restaurants where evening protocols required dinner dresses. This ensemble captures the more casual approach to entertaining typical in the United States." (25th Anniversary label copy, 2010, Jean L. Druesedow)
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Lexicon sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Credit line gift of Frances B. Todman
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 134
Label LABEL: Geoffrey Beene