cocktail dress

James Galanos, Designer (American, 1924-)

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Galanos personally chose all of his fabrics. The beautifully printed textile with hibiscus flowers exemplifies his ability to work with unique color combinations. This dress is an excellent example of the transition in fashion from the hourglass silhouette of the 1950s to the minimal and tubular look of the 1960s. Although the dress appears to be simple, the construction is surprisingly complex.

Dedicated to excellent craftsmanship and enduring design, Galanos had a loyal following. Some of his patrons, including Nancy Reagan, have been known to wear Galanos dresses that were more than a decade old, a testament to the timelessness of his designs.

Betty Furness (1916–1994), New York; through (Stan Weaver, New York); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1985).

Object Information

designer
James Galanos (American, 1924-)
creation date
1960s
materials
silk
dimensions
L: 42 in. (dress)
mark descriptions
Galanos
accession number
1986.155A-B
credit line
Gift of Betty Furness
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts

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