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Ballgown

Description: Ensemble of red/coral/dark rose satin. The strapless dress has an empire bodice which curves up in front at bust and is lower in back. The full-length A-line skirt is pleated into the waistband with inverted box pleats. The gown has a center back zipper closure with two hook-and-eye closures and two snaps on the placket. The inner construction is complex, with red grosgrain ribbon bust and waist stays with hook-and-eye closures and a boned white horsehair inner bodice which is lined with red chiffon. Inner structure has its own center back zipper closure which is behind outer zipper. There is an attached full-length red satin petticoat with horsehair hem and nylon net inner structure to support front skirt pleats. The skirt is piece lined in red chiffon. The accompanying bolero jacket is of matching red satin with all-over quilting in a patterns of waves and arcs in a red thread. The cropped jacket is semi-fitted, and has an open curved neckline and center-front opening with no closure, all trimmed in a band of red satin. Each of the set-in long sleeves has a (non-functioning) large, red satin-covered button near the cuff; the cuffs are trimmed in a band of red satin. The jacket is lined in olive green satin, which shows the quilting, and has built-in shoulder pads. There are no labels in the garment.
Date: 1985/1989
Creator: De la Renta, Oscar

Ballgown

Description: Ballgown of dark, navy blue ribbed satin. Strapless. Center front opening with 14 self-covered buttons, top two nonfunctional, with bound buttonholes. At upper bust, to left and right of center front opening, are attached paired flaps of self fabric giving appearance of patch pockets with flaps. Skirt gathers at natural waist with full skirt. Gored panels to left and right of center back seam of skirt. Inner bodice of black net with boning and black grosgrain ribbon petersham; closes at center front with 9 hook & eyes. Unlined. Designer's label at center back seam near hem: "Christian Dior - New York / Original / Trade Mark" Hanging straps on bodice are embroidered "Neiman-Marcus"
Date: 1980/1989
Creator: Christian Dior New York, Inc.

Bandana

Description: The ceramic sculptural piece consists of several geometric tubular shapes decorated with various colors and textures. The piece is vertical and almost appears to be walking.
Date: 1983
Creator: Milnes, Robert

The Big Heat

Description: The black and white painting depicts a version of a famous scene in the movie The Big Heat from 1953 directed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford. The brushstrokes are loose. One man holds a gun on a second wounded man. The man in the right foreground reaches out to the man in the center who leans against the wall.
Date: 1984
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-

Blue Bayou

Description: An earthenware platter sits atop a shiny textured black base and blue and orange geometric shapes. The grooved dark portion of the base is shiny while the orange shape is textured and the blue shape is decorated with a dot pattern.
Date: 1989
Creator: Milnes, Robert

[Boat of Pleasant Banquet]

Description: Photograph of the Boat of Pleasant Banquet located at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. The front portion of the boat is visible in the foreground in the water. Many people crowd the boat's front and side decks. In the background, the opposing bank of the waterway is visible with trees and hills. A tower is visible in the far distance.
Date: 1984
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Boy on Lion Statue]

Description: Photograph of a boy atop a lion statue in the Yu Garden of Shanghai, China. In the foreground, a boy poses atop one of two guardian lion statues in front of a passageway. Two women and a man stand nearby the boy. A white wall with the passageway is visible behind the boy.
Date: June 1984
Creator: Gough, Ray

Brooch

Description: The silver and copper brooch is a triangular shape with a triangular shaped opening inside which is a coiled piece of metal with a second coil on one of the corners of the brooch. The surface is shiny and smooth.
Date: 1987
Creator: Crowell-Hilde, Kaki D.

[Building Detail]

Description: Photograph of a building in the Yu Garden of Shanghai, China. Two trees intersect the foreground; behind the trees, the roof and carved details of the building are visible. lanterns hang behind the carvings and columns. An intricate statue of a battle scene is visible on the left side of the roof.
Date: June 1984
Creator: Gough, Ray

Cain and Abel

Description: This large colorful painting depicts the brothers, Cain and Abel, from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. The story of these brothers is also found in the Quran. The painting consists of many bright colors in flat fields with black lines and outlines. The shepherd brother is in the background herding sheep and in the foreground is the second brother holding a large club and peering over his left shoulder.
Date: 1989
Creator: Blackburn, Ed, 1940-

Canyon No. 2

Description: The work depicts space in a canyon like fashion. Irregular shapes run through the work and from the edges are dropped perpendicularly gradated lines that create form and space. The illusion of space is also created by the gradations from white to pink to purple.
Date: 1982~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko

Cap

Description: Cap of tan, ivory, black and red Tartan plaid cotton with visor. Woven into the fabric are 4 pale images of the Burberrys knight. The cap is lined in tan viscose, with an inner trim of tan grosgrain ribbon. Retailer's label under clear plastic panel in crown of cap: "'Burberrys' / Made in England [copyright symbol]". Content/care label in 4 languages and symbols. Size label: "S".
Date: 1980/2010
Creator: Burberry's

[Carved Archway]

Description: Photograph of a carved stone archway in Austria. The carvings depict figures, horses, and centaurs. The arch is inset in a white wall. In the background, a colorful fresco is visible through the archway.
Date: 1980
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Castles]

Description: Photograph of castles in Austria. In the foreground, a house and farmland are visible. One castle is visible in the left middle ground and another is visible on the right. The distant landscape is visible in the background.
Date: 1980
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Child Climbing Lion]

Description: Photograph of a child climbing a lion statue in the Yu Garden of Shanghai, China. In the foreground, the child climbs with the help of an older man as other people watch. A tree in front of a red building is visible in the background.
Date: June 1984
Creator: Gough, Ray

[Circular Doorway]

Description: Photograph of a circular doorway within the Lingyin Temple of Hangzhou, China. The doorway is visible in the foreground connected to a white wall within a brick paved room. Through the doorway, a man is visible walking along a brick path. A red wall and trees are visible in the background.
Date: June 1984
Creator: Gough, Ray

Coat

Description: Evening coat of brocade and fur. The full-length coat is of a pale yellow silk brocade, with a pattern of flowers and scrolls in reds, purples, blues, white, silver, and gold. It has long sleeves and opens along the center front, with no closures. The cuffs and collar are wide bands of dyed purple fox fur. The coat is lined in a pale tan/yellow silk. Sewn in below collar at inside center back is designer's label: "Designed / by Mouratidis / Washington DC" Attached inside right side near hip is original paper label printed on one side "Balenciaga / Paris", and written on the back "Brocade evening mystery / coat w/fox / R". Donated to the Texas Fashion Collection by Helen Noumas, in memory of her partner Michael Mouratidis, designer of the piece.
Date: 1989
Creator: Mouratidis, Michael, 1920-2002

Coat

Description: Coat of intricate patchwork of Prince of Wales wool plaid, wool hounds tooth, wool petit point, all-over embroidered with pewter metallic floral vines. Knee length. Simulated double breasted, off-center opening with hidden placket button closure; notched collar. Long sleeves with 6 functioning button closure at wrists. Two flap pockets with welts at each front hip with lapels; pockets not open. Knee-length. Fan pleating at back. Fully lined in gray silk. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Givenchy / Haute Couture"
Date: 1989
Creator: Givenchy, Hubert de

Coat

Description: Coat of black wool felt lined in cream wool. Street-length, with center front opening and no closures. Rounded high neckline, with no collar, but "corners" of opening flap open to form lapels showing the cream lining. 3/4 length dolmen sleeves with tapered extensions forming 7" "cuffs". Two slit pockets at hips in side seams. The coat appears reversible, but the placement of tags and lack of access to pockets from interior indicates otherwise. Designer's label at inside back collar: "Geoffrey Beene" Care label at inside right side seam: "Dry Clean / Only" Size label attached to Care label: "4" With accompanying black leather belt, with 1" wide sections at ends, and wide 3 1/2" wide "waved" shaped section at center back. Rectangular silver-colored buckle. Stamped on reverse: "4" "Geoffre / Beene" "1021"
Date: 1983
Creator: Beene, Geoffrey

Coat

Description: Coat of rust colored suede trimmed at cuffs, neck, center front opening and hem with cocoa colored fox fur. Thigh-length. No closure. Side slit pockets. Rust-colored quilted lining; heavily padded shoulders. Designer's label at center back neckline: "Givenchy" Handwritten style number label under designer label: "75288"
Date: 1985~
Creator: Givenchy

Coat

Description: Coat of deep purple dyed fox fur pieced and sewn in a chevron pattern. Two buttons of black plastic with brown leather loop closure. Coat folds over at back neckline creating a slight lapel at front. Long sleeves were custom tailored by folding under to create a shorter length. Below hip-length. Lined in black silk with four words, "FENDI, ALTA, MODA, PRONTA", in brown print forming a diamond shape. Lining embroidered at right side: "Linda T. Anderson". Retailer's label at center back neckline: "Neiman-Marcus" Fiber content tag at left side seam.
Date: 1980~
Creator: Fendi