Evening Dresses: ca. 1911, Left - Jeanne Lanvin, embroidered silk chiffon and tulle lace with rose ornaments, Right - silk tulle and silk chiffon embroidered with beads, faux pearls and metallic cord. "...This [high-waisted] silhouette spread among designers, starting from Paul Poiret's "Lola Montez" dress in 1906. Distinctive, vivid colors on delicate materials such as silk chiffon were achieved in this period by use of synthetic dyes..."
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“The Vanderbilt ball also featured the whimsically-costumed Miss Kate Fearing Strong, described by Henry James as “youthful & precocious,” who went as her feline nickname “Puss”. Worryingly, her costume comprised a large taxidermied cat head & seven cat tails sewn onto the skirt.”
Callot Soeurs | A silk crepe chiffon evening gown, French (Paris), probably Fall/Winter 1928.
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Margaine-Lacroix’s shocking dresses
Margaine-Lacroix and the dresses that shocked Paris – a talk by Susie Ralph I introduced this talk at Chelsea Reference Library on Wednesday 17 July 2013 and I found it absolutely fascinating…
Robe de style
Today’s featured Study Collection ensemble highlights a type of dress most often associated with the Parisian designer Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946). Called a robe de style, the upper portion of the dress is slim and close-fitting, while the skirt is full and rather long. The fullness in the skirt is a result of built-in panniers at each hip. These built-in wire structures, shaped like small baskets, extend the line of the dress horizontally, emphasizing the hips. This look hearkens back to the…