Evening EnsembleEvening ensemble
ca. 1976

Carolyn Long, wife of Senator Russell Long, purchased this dress from a boutique in the Watergate building in Washington, DC, where the Longs lived at the time. She wore it to a bicentennial dinner hosted by President Gerald Ford in honor of French President Giscard d'Estaing. She also wore it to a state dinner given by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 for the Shah and Empress of Iran and to the annual Mardi Gras ball held in Washington.

This sheath-style dress illustrates the simpler, straighter form evening wear took in the 1970s. The abstract geometric modernist gold and silver design was aptly suited to its clean silhouette and added shimmer and sparkle.

Gift of Mrs. Carolyn Long
Worn by the donor

LSM #1995.103.2a-b