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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pipart, Gerard, born 1933 (designer)
    Nina Ricci (fashion house)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine woven lace, silk organza, backed with silk taffeta, lined with wild silk, boned brassiere lined with net, silk waist band

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cecil Beaton

  • Museum number:

    T.23-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This long, sleeveless evening gown is made of multicoloured cotton tatting. It has small straps on the shoulders and a low neckline, and the line of the gown flares out slightly at hip-level. It is made of cotton tatting, representing flowers and foliage, in tones of pink, blue and green, over an underdress of pink silk.

Nina Ricci retired in 1959, leaving a tradition of natural feminity, excellent cut and fine craftsmanship. This dress for the romantic youth of the 1960s was designed by Gerard Pipart, who took over Nina Ricci's collections in 1964. Pipart was a remarkable colourist and his collections were known for their beautiful and subtle tones.

Physical description

Evening dress of large scale, machine woven floral lace in shades of pink, blue-green lace mounted over green silk organza.

The dress is full length, with a shaped brassiere top that has pink straps, low cut at the back and almost straight cut.

It is backed with green silk taffeta lined with cream wild silk. The bust is lined with cream net and boned. The inner waist band is of cream silk and hooks to fasten.

The dress fastens at the back with a separate zip for dress and lining. There are green, silk hanging loops attached to the waist band.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Pipart, Gerard, born 1933 (designer)
Nina Ricci (fashion house)

Materials and Techniques

Machine woven lace, silk organza, backed with silk taffeta, lined with wild silk, boned brassiere lined with net, silk waist band

Marks and inscriptions

'Nina Ricci Paris'
Label, stitched inside the side seam of the skirt

'BORKG MES'
Written in ink on the underside of the waist band

Descriptive line

Evening dress of machine woven lace and silk, designed by Gerard Pipart for Nina Ricci, Paris, 1968

Materials

Cotton thread; Silk

Techniques

Machine sewing; Tatting; Tatting

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Evening wear; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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