Exhibitions: American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection

Norman Norell: Evening Ensemble

Two of Norman Norell’s signature fabrics, crisp organdy and glittering silk jersey, generate the magic of this ensemble. The exaggerated volume of sleeves and bow stands out as sculpted artistry in contrast with the fluidity and sparkle of the beaded wide-legged pants. Wearing pants for evening was a fashion concept just gaining acceptance in the early 1970s.