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Division I Floral Design, Class 5-Sirens of the Sea

This floral design class, Sirens of the Sea draws inspiration from the Museum’s collection of couture dresses by Bill Blass, Arnold Scaasi and James Galanos.  These designers have created gowns featuring color and movement—reflecting a sizzling sunset over a soft ocean tide.  This metaphor reads through the designers’ red, pink, blue, green, ruffled, and wavy fashion art.

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Red by Bill Blass
Bill Blass, Red, c. 1975.

Red by Bill Blass

In 1975 fashion designer Bill Blass created this is a red silk crepe and chiffon evening gown with a complementary cape.

Pink by Arnold Scaasi

Pink by Arnold Scaasi

This pink silk taffeta evening dress is a 1992 creation by Arnold Scaasi.

Green by Arnold Scaasi

Green by Arnold Scaasi

Produced in 1989, this blue and green tulle strapless dress is floor-length with both a bustle and a bow.  The design showcases Arnold Scaasi’s fashion genius, which he also used to create gowns for First Ladies Mamie Eisenhower, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.


Blue by James Galanos

James Galanos, Blue, 1980-89.

Blue by James Galanos

During the 1980’s James Galanos created this royal blue, silk evening gown, which is accentuated with a layered bodice and long sleeves made of polka dotted tulle.