Fashion Drawing: Black Pleated Day Dress
At twenty, Ray wrote to her mother that she wanted to earn a living in “commercial art, either advertising or costume design.” Six years later, she wrote again saying that her friend Eleanor McClatchy “told me that ‘Fran’ (Francis Hayes) was to give a concert in February and wanted a costume, so I drew up several designs and sent them to Eleanor—who seemed to like them very much.”
The drawing is signed “Ray Kaiser” in graphite.
- Medium:Ink, watercolor, and graphite on paper
- Credit Line:Image courtesy of Eames Office
Toward the bottom of the image are three pencil sketches: two on the viewer’s left show details of the wide, pleated waistband around the midriff with narrow ties forming a bow in front. On the other side of the figure, a single pencil drawing shows a back view of the dress as worn. There appear to be fabric panels, possibly of a darker color forming triangular inserts in the skirt at both the front and back of the dress. This dress shows, perhaps, the most complex construction of Ray’s fashion drawings that have survived from the 1930s.
— Dale Carolyn Gluckman