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Evening dress

Designer:
Sophie Gimbel (American, Houston, Texas 1898–1981 New York)
Date:
1955
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, rhinestones
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 60 in. (152.4 cm) (c): 63 in. (160 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Sophie Gimbel, 1955
Accession Number:
2009.300.2430a–c
Not on view
Sophie Gimbel was the wife of Adam Gimbel, President of Saks Fifth Avenue beginning in 1926. Sophie was the in-house designer by 1931, working in the exclusive Salon Moderne. Extremely talented, she tripled the sales of her department, selling French couture as well as her own collection, which was shown three times a year. She was known for her subdued yet striking color palette and her use of wonderful materials. She regularly offered a number of classic designs to her customers, her most popular being a bare-bodiced, full-skirted ball gown with detailed handwork, just as the one seen here.
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