dress and sash. Description: grey country silk (blend of polyester, silk, linen and cotton) -dry clean only tag with label indicating that dress is one of Olive E's Samuri Line; long sleeves and "V" neck both cuffed with blue, high waist, "A" line skirt; name of dress is "Fancy Nancy Kimono Day Dress with Crane Applique". Skirt front is appliqued with two white cranes, flying toward the left side of the dress, mulberry band at bottom is appliqued with 3 iris blossoms on the front and three on the back (mauve and lavender), mulbery band edged with blue bands. Obi of blue. a: dress b: obi. Dimensions: a: 47 1/8" neck to hem, 20" across dropped shoulder seems, 13" from waist line to shoulder at front; b: 3 3/8" x 80-1/2". References/Remarks: Designer and donor Nancy Mac Leod is graduate of California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland; she was born in Claremont, California. She gave the dress to the collection because of her high regard for the museum. This is a kimono being transformed into a dress. It is a pattern in Japanese vocabulary, like the collar, the irises, cranes. It implies a not fixed hairdo, since it goes over the head. The designer is more interested in the pattern than in a three dimentional object; for this the kimono is an ideal source. (Harold Koda, 12/9/1993) The grain of the applique's fabric does not relate to what is placed on (which creates a problem for laundering). The fashion statement is more important than the construction. It goes over the head, and it cinches in closer to the waist. Hard to put on and take off. This is the designer's samurai line, it is a real homage. She is setting up the canvas. (IBM, 12/9/1993)

Used: adult | Female

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