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

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1957 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk with chenille and diamante embroidery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Countess of Drogheda

  • Museum number:

    T.284-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress was designed by Antonio del Castillo (1908–84) for the couture house of Lanvin in 1957. It was embroidered by the house of Lesage, a famous French embroidery firm. The design was created by François Lesage (b.1929), who inherited the business in 1949, and was inspired by the embroidery on 18th century waistcoats.

Gowns that were to be embroidered were usually simply cut, like this one, to show off their sumptuous surface detail.

Physical description

White silk zibeline evening dress, with shoulder straps, fitted bodice, tulip-shaped skirt with slight gathering. Embroidered in vibrant purple chenille and diamante in a formal floral design.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1957 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silk with chenille and diamante embroidery

Dimensions

Circumference: 67 cm Waist, Circumference: 84 cm Bust, Length: 99 cm Skirt, Diameter: 84 cm Footprint, Weight: 1.5 kg

Object history note

This dress was embroidered by the Paris embroidery house of Lesage. Designed by Francois Lesage, it was inspired by the embroidery on 18th century waistcoats, of which he was/is fascinated by.

The dress was worn and given by the Countess of Drogheda. The same model was also made for the actress Vivien Leigh, who wore it with a purple silk satin stole on at least three occasions between 1961 and 1963. Her dress was sold at Sotheby's in 2003.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of embroidered zibeline, designed by Antonio Castillo for Lanvin with materials manufactured by Staron, Paris, 1957.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57 (V&A Publications, London: 2007), p. 136 and pl.5.17
Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57 (V&A Publications, London: 2007), p. 167

Labels and date

Evening dress
Antonio del Castillo (1908-84) for Lanvin Castillo
Paris
1957

Lesage's embroidery was inspired by that on 18th-century waistcoats. Concentrated on the bodice, it creates a lower, 'trompe l'oeil' neckline while leaving the skirt quite plain.

Silk zibeline by Staron; embroidered by Lesage with chenille-work, sequins, beads and stones

Given by the Countess of Drogheda
V&A: T.284-1974 [22/09/2007]

Materials

Silk zibeline; Chenille; Paste gems

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Stylized flowers

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Formal wear; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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