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Evening dress and coat

Evening dress and coat

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schön, Mila (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Beaded and sequinned net, silk matelasse brocade

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Princess Stanislaus Radziwill

  • Museum number:

    T.400&A-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White and silver evening ensemble, consisting of embroidered net dress and matelasse coat.

Place of Origin

Milan (city) (made)

Date

1966 (made)

Artist/maker

Schön, Mila (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Beaded and sequinned net, silk matelasse brocade

Object history note

This evening dress and coat was worn by Princess Lee Radziwell to Truman Capote's Black and White Ball on 28 November, 1966. Held at New York's Plaza Hotel, the party celebrated Capote's publication of his non-fiction novel 'In Cold Blood'.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of embroidered net and matelasse coat, designed by Mila Schön, Milan, 1966.

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition: "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014"

EVENING DRESS AND COAT
Mila Schön, 1966
Sequins on net, with silk coat
For Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball,
Mila Schön also dressed Lee Radziwill, sister
of American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Married to a Polish prince, Radziwill usually favoured French haute couture, but she chose an Italian dress for this high-profile event. The gown’s sinuous sequinned pattern is set off by the coat’s austere cut.
WORN AND GIVEN BY PRINCESS STANISLAS RADZIWILL
V&A: T.400&A-1974 [05/04/2014-27/07/2014]

Materials

Bugle beads; Sequins; Matelasse; Net

Techniques

Embroidery; Beading

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Embroidery

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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