Evening dress; of light gold colored silk jersey knit covered in gold metallic sequins and white plastic paillettes: high neckline, long sleeves; fitted, ankle length, sheath style dress; center back zipper closure.
This evening dress was worn by the donor to a New Year's Eve gala at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Norman Norell was one of the most important American designers of the twentieth century and instrumental in launching ready-to-wear in the United States. Norell debuted his "mermaid" style in the early 1940's, reintroducing the look in a number of variations in every collection until his last. This gown belonged to Mrs. Edward F. Blettner, a former Costume Council president, well-known philanthropist, and devoted Norell customer. During the 1960's and 1970's, Mrs. Blettner amassed a significant collection of his clothing and donated her rare mermaid gowns to the Museum in 1983.