"Cocktail Hour" cocktail ensemble. A: Dress in black rayon crepe; below-knee length; bodice fitted through hip; banded scoop neckline; padded shoulders; cap sleeves cut-in-one; self band at drop waist; straight box-pleated skirt; center front bodice button placket, proper left side zipper closure; unlined. B: Belt in black patent faux leather; narrow; covered buckle; sits at natural waist. C: Jacket in black rayon crepe; bolero; waist-length; notched black silk velvet collar with rayon lapels; padded shoulders; 3/4-length turn-back sleeves; corsage of white linen violets with green stems at proper left front shoulder; unlined. D: Pillbox hat in black horsehair; two ostrich feather brushes; black silk lining. Designed by Lilly Daché. E: Handbag in black silk taffeta; square; thick strap; envelope flap; applied black and silver seed beads in allover deco swirl pattern; black silk satin lining; includes mirror, K; mirror slipcase, L; comb, M; and coin purse, N (handbag and contents not shown in photographs.) F-G: Pair of gloves in white cotton; wrist length (gloves not shown in photographs.) H, J: Pair of evening sandals in black suede; open toe; diagonal multi-strap; 4-inch heel; platform sole; black leather inner. Labels, A and C: Original / Ben Reig / New York ; Designed by Omar Kiam for Ben Reig. Stamped, E: Koret. Label, F-G: Elvette. Stamped, H, J: Royal Footwear / New / York. Worn with 2013.5.98A-D. Part of "Woman of Fashion 1947" presented at the Costume Institute by Bloomingdale's in honor of the department store's 75th anniversary.


  • Title: "Cocktail Hour" ensemble
  • Creator: Omar Kiam, Lilly Daché
  • Date Created: 1947
  • Type: Gloves, Handbag, Hat, Jacket (garment), Ensemble (costume), Dress (garment), Shoe (footwear), comb (grooming tool), mirror
  • Medium: Bead (pierced object), Rayon, Taffeta, Horsehair, Ostrich feather, Crepe (textile), Silk (textile), Velvet (fabric weave), Suede, Glass (material), Plastic (organic material), Artificial flower, Cotton (textile), Imitation Leather
  • Fashion house, designer, label: Ben Reig / Bloomingdale's / Koret / Elvette

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