Pleated Skirt and Surplice Blouse

Origin: France

Year: Spring/Summer 2001

Collection: Queens College Collection

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Jayne Wrightsman

Designer: Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain

Identification number: 214.004 4.2 a & b

Materials: Orange silk mousseline

The brilliant orange of this feminine ensemble, consisting of a surplice blouse and pleated tiered skirt with fringed edges, is accented by a necklace of coral and carved mother-of-pearl. Together they suggest a Caribbean theme with underlying Spanish influence. Even though it is a haute couture creation, its tiered skirt recalls the flounces of the flamboyant costume worn by Flamenco dancers, who inhabit an entirely different level of the social hierarchy.