Dress of black wool jersey. Mock turtleneck. Padded shoulders and long fitted sleeves. Front of dress features a stylized image of the Eiffel Tower rendered with silver-colored metal buttons on plastic shanks. Falls to knee.
Purchased by donor, Mrs. Brooks McCormick, née Hope Baldwin (1919-93), specifically for the Costume Collection from Marshall Field & Co.
Patrick Kelly's work as a fashion designer was often influenced by his childhood in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where his grandmother would often repair and embellish her clothing with plastic buttons. This influence, combined with Kelly's love of Paris, inspired one of his most successful designs.