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.
This elegant evening dress represents one of the last collections by designer Carolyne Roehm, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (1989-91), before she closed her business in 1991.
In 1974, a group of philanthropists, retail professionals, and fashion insiders founded the Costume Council to position the Chicago History Museum as a leader in the interpretation of the history and art of costume. Through their efforts, the Museum has developed a thriving collection and benefited from events planned in conjunction with major Magnificent Mile stores-including Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Field & Co., I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. This gown, purchased at Saks, is one of many items selected by the Costume Council specifically for inclusion into the Museum's costume collection.