Evening DressEvening dress
Geoffrey Beene for Beene Boutique
ca. 1971

Geoffrey Beene was born in Haynesville, Louisiana, just south of the Arkansas border, in 1924. He spent a year as a medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans and became dissatisfied, eventually moving to New York and then to Paris to study design. He established his own business in 1963.

This dress was worn to a summer ball. One of Beene's signature techniques during this period was the use of informal prints made more formal by the use of elegant fabrics and design elements. This has been achieved here by enhancing the polka dot pattern with chiffon and ruffles. He was also well known for his doll-like empire waists and ribbon trim.

Gift of Mrs. E. Ralph Lupin, Jr., née Freda Merlin
Worn by the donor

LSM #1992.088.03