Hispanic DesignersLuis Estevez
 
 

Estevez Dress Front View
Dress, 1955
No. 291445.1
Gift of Mrs. Robert P. Sullivan
Neg. No. 2000-7212

 

His first collection was an immediate success. In 1956, he became the youngest designer to win the Coty Award (the American Fashion Critics Award). His designs are slender and simple, with intricate revealing necklines.

In 1968, Estevez moved to California, where he designed for various firms, television, and movies. He also produced custom-made clothing for Hollywood celebrities. During the 1970s he designed clothes for First Lady Betty Ford.

This dress is made of black rayon embroidered taffeta, with walnut-colored roses throughout. It has a strapless fitted bodice and straight skirt with "pouf" overskirt.

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