"Emperial Crown" (jacket); "Tonight or Never" (dress) Designer: Elizabeth Hawes (American, Ridgewood, New Jersey 1903–1971 New York) Date: spring/summer 1934 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 61 in. (154.9 cm) Length at CB (b): 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Hollis K. Thayer, 1957

"Emperial Crown" (jacket); "Tonight or Never" (dress) Designer: Elizabeth Hawes (American, Ridgewood, New Jersey 1903–1971 New York) Date: spring/summer 1934 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 61 in. (154.9 cm) Length at CB (b): 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Hollis K. Thayer, 1957

Elizabeth Hawes (American, 1903–1971). "The Moonstone," spring/summer 1938. American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. V. D. Crisp, 1963 (2009.300.3249a, b) #reddress

Elizabeth Hawes (American, 1903–1971). "The Moonstone," spring/summer 1938. American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. V. D. Crisp, 1963 (2009.300.3249a, b) #reddress

Dress. House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Date: ca. 1895. Culture: French. Medium: a,b) silk, linen. Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm). Length at CB (b): 51 in. (129.5 cm).

Dress. House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Date: ca. 1895. Culture: French. Medium: a,b) silk, linen. Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm). Length at CB (b): 51 in. (129.5 cm).

Afternoon ensemble  House of Balenciaga  (French, founded 1937)  Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Date: 1965–66 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm) Length at CB (b): 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1978 Accession Number: 1978.64.4a, b

Afternoon ensemble House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937) Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Date: 1965–66 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm) Length at CB (b): 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1978 Accession Number: 1978.64.4a, b

Neckpiece (Calder collaboration)  Elizabeth Hawes  (American, 1903–1971)  Designer: Alexander Sterling Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1945 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Date: ca. 1940 Culture: American Medium: leather, metal Dimensions: 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Diana S. Field, 1964 Accession Number: 2009.300.2526a, b

Neckpiece (Calder collaboration) Elizabeth Hawes (American, 1903–1971) Designer: Alexander Sterling Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1945 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Date: ca. 1940 Culture: American Medium: leather, metal Dimensions: 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Diana S. Field, 1964 Accession Number: 2009.300.2526a, b

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). Dinner suit, 1956. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. John de Menil, 1957 (2009.300.824a, b) #CharlesJames

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). Dinner suit, 1956. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. John de Menil, 1957 (2009.300.824a, b) #CharlesJames

Dress, Evening  House of Patou  (French, founded 1919)    Date:      1947–49  Culture:      French  Medium:      synthetic  Dimensions:      Length at CB: 65 in. (165.1 cm)  Credit Line:      Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of A.M. Tenney Associates, Inc., 1950  Accession Number:      2009.300.138

Dress, Evening House of Patou (French, founded 1919) Date: 1947–49 Culture: French Medium: synthetic Dimensions: Length at CB: 65 in. (165.1 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of A.M. Tenney Associates, Inc., 1950 Accession Number: 2009.300.138

Gilbert Adrian (American, 1903–1959). Dress, ca. 1944. American. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Diana S. Field, 1964 (2009.300.335a, b) | Here, the designer paired red and white striped cotton with red, white and blue eyelet to create a dress that embodies both his own aesthetic and post-war American patriotism.

Gilbert Adrian (American, 1903–1959). Dress, ca. 1944. American. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Diana S. Field, 1964 (2009.300.335a, b) | Here, the designer paired red and white striped cotton with red, white and blue eyelet to create a dress that embodies both his own aesthetic and post-war American patriotism.

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Diamond" evening dress, 1957. Silk, synthetic. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Marguerite Piazza, 1984 (2009.300.1015) #CharlesJames

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Diamond" evening dress, 1957. Silk, synthetic. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Marguerite Piazza, 1984 (2009.300.1015) #CharlesJames

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