Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Evening dress - Corfou
  • Corfou
    del Castillo, Antonio, born 1908 - died 1984
  • Enlarge image

Corfou

  • Object:

    Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    May 1962 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    del Castillo, Antonio, born 1908 - died 1984 (designer)
    Lanvin (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Net and pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Loel Guinness

  • Museum number:

    T.289-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White net evening dress with appliqué pattern outlined in pearl strip. It has a round neckline, tight bodice and full flaring skirt.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

May 1962 (made)

Artist/maker

del Castillo, Antonio, born 1908 - died 1984 (designer)
Lanvin (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Net and pearls

Historical context note

Gloria Guinness (nee Gloria Rubio y Alatorre, 1912-1980) was an elegant socialite and writer of the mid 20th century.

Her third husband, whom she married in 1951, was Group Capt. Thomas Loel Guinness, a Member of Parliament (died 1989) and an heir to the Guinness beer fortune.

She was voted 'Best Dressed Woman' in the world by Time magazine in 1962 behind Jackie Kennedy in first place. (See Time magazine Jan 26 1962)

She owned seven homes, with a full wardrobe in each so that she would never have to pack or wait at customs. She spread her patronage widely, and amongst donations to the V&A of pieces by Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy etc., are pieces by lesser known couturiers such as Chaumont and Lafaurie.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of net, 'Corfou', designed by Antonio Castillo for Lanvin, Paris, May 1962

Materials

Net; Pearls (imitation)

Categories

Fashion; Formal wear; Evening wear; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.