evening coat

Creation date
silk satin, quilted
Mark Descriptions
L: 36 1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Eleanore R. Carruth
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Halston was greatly influenced by the skill and engineering exhibited in works by the French couturier Madeleine Vionnet and the American fashion designer Charles James. Halston created a number of garments based on and inspired by landmark pieces in James’s 1930s collections.

Reminiscent of traditional Chinese jackets, this exquisite, made-to-order quilted evening jacket is most likely based on a coat James created in 1937. Halston used fabric cut entirely on the bias and custom quilting to miter padded channels, creating what appears to be a straight-grain garment.

Eleonore R. Carruth New York (Stan Weaver, New York); given to the IMA December 5, 1988.
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