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Blass, perennially inspired by the male wardrobe, tailored this piece in lush machine-embroidered velvet, embellished with silver bugle bead trim. The coat is constructed with a Nehru collar, a component borrowed from Indian fashion, and the fabric used recalls Indian or Mughal influence. Further illustrating the impact of non-Western styles on his design, Blass pads the hemline, which is a construction detail frequently seen in kimonos.
Mrs. John E. Miklozek, Terre Haute, Indiana; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (September 18, 1980).