Evening dress; of red silk and acrylic knit: halter neck, connects to dress with vertical fabric bands creating cut-outs on the upper-chest and back; sleeveless; fitted, floor length, sheath style dress; center back zipper.
Mrs. Wilkin wore this dress when she and her children were photographed by Chicago photographer, Art Shay, in their apartment overlooking Lake Shore Drive for the September 1978 issue of Town & Country.
Like many Near North Side residents, Mrs. Abra Prentice Wilkin epitomizes the twentieth-century Gold Coast resident-she lives, works, and shops along the Magnificent Mile. Mrs. Wilkin wore this dress-a sleek and modern departure from designer Adolfo's knit skirt suits-when she and her children were photographed in their apartment overlooking Lake Shore Drive for the September 1978 issue of Town & Country. A well-known philanthropist, reporter, and publisher, Mrs. Wilkin served as the fourth president of the Costume Council. Extremely influential in garnering attention for the Museum's costume collection, Mrs. Wilkin organized a number of events to benefit the Museum. Many were held along the Magnificent Mile with celebrated fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren and Geoffrey Beene.