The 1930s were Mainbocher’s great creative years. Taking inspiration from extraordinary textiles, he here playfully pairs a classical draped gown with a boldly contrasting novelty poncho. The ensemble was made for actress Helen Vinson, a Warner Brothers' contract player.
Dress: Floor-length; straight front neck, narrow straps, deep V-back; tunic effect over-panel draped from neckline, diagonally across back, extending into long pointed train; covered ball buttons at left hip; long, pointed, mitered train; center section (covered by over-panel) in black china silk.
Poncho: Below-hip length, longer in back; high V-neck front and back; center front closure with large self-covered buttons; deeply draped at right back; curved hem; charmeuse lining.
Made for donor
Gift of Miss Helen Vinson, 1953.