Fashion Drawing: Blue and Red Dress with Green Bolero Jacket
At twenty, Ray wrote to her mother declaring 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”.
- Medium:Ink, watercolor, and graphite on paper
- Credit Line:Image courtesy of Eames Office
The model’s pose, with her left arm extended away from the torso and bent at the elbow, is seen in three other drawings of Ray’s from this period (A.2019.2.029, .030, and .032), indicating they were all done at approximately the same time, in 1938 or 1939 when Ray was still living in New York City. Here too, as in Yellow Day Dress with Black and Yellow Jacket (A.2019.2.029), the sling-back pumps did not come into fashion until 1938.
— Dale Carolyn Gluckman