Evening dress; of black wool jersey covered in red sequins with black bead dots surrounded with small white bugle beads: high, jewel neckline, covered in a thick round band of small red beads; long close-fitting sleeves, with similar band of red beads at the cuffs; close fitting, floor length skirt; back is formed from a large inverted V shaped piece of black wool jersey, extends from the top of center back and flares out towards the hem; center back zipper.
Worn by the donor for the last time in 1991 Chicago History Museum's Costume Council's annual Donors' Ball and Fashion Show.
Geoffrey Beene began his career in 1946 as a visual merchandiser at I. Magnin and went on to become one of the most respected American designers of the twentieth century. Beene maintained a close relationship with the store and was carried by I. Magnin throughout their tenure. I. Magnin opened their Chicago store on Michigan Avenue in 1971. At the time of the store's opening, it was the eastern-most location for the company. Mrs. Cynthia Hedlund, a former Chicago real-estate agent and Costume Council president, purchased this gown in 1989.