evening pajama ensemble

Creation date
silk crepe
Mark Descriptions
Bill Blass / Neiman Marcus
L: 26 in. (blouse)
Credit line
Gift of Eleanore R. Carruth
Accession number
Not Currently On View

In the 1970s and 1980s, a number of fashion designers produced two-piece ensembles for both day and evening wear that were modeled after 1930s pajamas. The style was simple, but the fabrics they chose were usually interesting and unexpected.

In the 1980s Blass reintroduced the use of bright colors—orange, emerald, hot pink, and yellow—for formal and day wear. Reminiscent of a Mexican “Hacienda” dress, the blouse and wide-legged pants are constructed in companion prints, both abstract and executed in bold colors. The blouse has wide elbow- length sleeves set in deep armholes with a rounded notch collar. The collar, shoulder seams, and cuffs are adorned with precise pleating.

Eleanore R. Carruth, New York; through (Stan Weaver, New York); given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (December 20, 1984).
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