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1935
Evening dress and poncho
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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.

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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.

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Gift of Miss Helen Vinson, 1953.
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