24 août 2015

Callot Soeurs. Evening dresses, ca. 1924 & 1925–26

Callot Soeurs. Evening dress, cotton, metallic thread, glass, ca. 1924. Callot Soeurs. Evening dress, silk, silver thread, 1925–26.

12 août 2015

Cristobal Balenciaga, Evening dress, 1951-52

Cristobal Balenciaga (French, founded 1949), Evening dress, 1951-52. Black silk jersey, silk faille, and sequin and jet beaded lace. Gift of Noma Copley. 84.114.5. The Museum at FIT 2012 © The Museum at FIT. According to the philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky, women of the 1950s "aspired to be supreme embodiments of luxurious elegance and refined chic." Certainly Balenciaga was a master of this look. Here, he balances the weight of this fully beaded skirt with a delicate silk jersey top, creating a graceful, 
12 août 2015

Cristobal Balenciaga, Evening dress, Fall 1957

Cristobal Balenciaga (French, founded 1949), Evening dress, Fall 1957. Black silk gazar. Museum Purchase. P91.26.2. The Museum at FIT 2012 © The Museum at FIT. Balenciaga transformed modern couture by bringing tailoring, a method of clothing construction most frequently reserved to make fitted suits, to the realm of dressmaking. The result was garments, such as this evening dress, that remained true to the mid-20th-century silhouette (small, fitted bodices and full, calf-length skirt) but obtained... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2015

Cristobal Balenciaga, Evening dress, 1938

Cristobal Balenciaga (French, founded 1949), Evening dress, 1938. Black silk velvet. Gift from The Estate of Tina Chow. 91.255.2. The Museum at FIT 2012 © The Museum at FIT. From the moment Balenciaga opened his couture house in Paris in 1937, he created gowns inspired by those of the Infantas, the princesses of Spain's golden age. The padded hips, or panniers, combined with the rich black velvet (meticulously rendered in a cutwork leaf pattern and popular in the baroque era), further enhance the... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2015

Cristobal Balenciaga, Evening dress, 1968

Cristobal Balenciaga (French, founded 1949), Evening dress, 1968. Black and white silk gazar. Gift of Mrs. Ephraim London, Mrs. Rowland Mindlin & Mrs. Walter Eytan In Memory of Mrs. M. Lincoln Schuster. 78.134.6. The Museum at FIT 2012 © The Museum at FIT. Perhaps no Balenciaga creation better epitomizes the couturier's brilliance than this dramatic, yet remarkably simple, evening dress. Made shortly before Balenciaga's retirement, the gown is crafted from stiff and unforgiving gazar, one of the... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2015

Cristobal Balenciaga, Evening dress, c.1957

Cristobal Balenciaga (French, founded 1949), Evening dress, c.1957. Black net lace, black silk crepe and pink satin ribbon. Gift of The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Estate of Ann E. Woodward. 87.158.2. The Museum at FIT 2012 © The Museum at FIT. Lace is an especially compelling and sexy fabric, as it covers the body while still revealing it. The bright pink sash of Balenciaga’s black lace dress adds sweetness and charm to its seductive allure. This dress... [Lire la suite]


30 juillet 2015

Cristóbal Balenciaga, Woman's Evening Dress, 1961

Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spain, active France, 1895-1972), Woman's Evening Dress, 1961. Silk faille with silk chenille and silk thread embroidery; a) Dress center back length: 52 in. (132.08 cm); b) Slip center back length: 40 in. (101.6 cm). Gift of Mr. James Pendleton (63.4a-b). Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
05 février 2013

Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972), Evening dress, 1964

Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972), Evening dress, 1967, silk. Length at CB: 62 in. (157.5 cm). Gift of M. Fairfax, 1995. 1995.446. © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
05 février 2013

Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972), Evening dress, 1964

Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972), Evening dress, 1964, silk. Length at CB: 63 in. (160 cm). Gift of Baroness Philippe de Rothschild, 1973. 1973.21.8. © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
21 juillet 2012

Evening Dress. Paul Poiret, 1910-1911

Evening Dress. Paul Poiret, 1910-1911. Beige silk satin dress with silk tulle overdress; embroidery of polychrome beads and gold thread; gold tulle peplum. Inventory Number(s): AC2388 79-20. ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama In 1906, when the S-curve silhouette was still overwhelmingly popular, Poiret introduced high waist corsetless dresses. He shifted the fashion trend substantially from 19th-century dresses in artistic forms with excessive decoration toward innovative clothing that accentuated the... [Lire la suite]
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