Evening dress; of sheer blue chiffon and dark blue velvet: boat neck, long sleeves; right sleeve, upper chest and midriff constructed of sheer blue chiffon, left sleeve, breast area and skirt are of solid velvet; straight, floor length skirt with side slit on proper right.
In 1974, a group of philanthropists, retail professionals, and fashion insiders founded the Costume Committee (now the Costume Council) of the Chicago History Museum to position it as a leader in the interpretation of the history and art of costume. Through the group's efforts, the Museum developed a thriving historic fashion collection. This gown, purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, is one of many items selected by the Costume Council specifically for inclusion into the Museum's renowned collection.
Fashion designer, Carolyne Roehm, who served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1989-91, created this elegant evening dress in one of her last collections before closing her business in 1991.