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Nightdress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pleated and hand embroidered silk crêpe-de-Chine with lace bordering, cutwork, appliqué and net insertion

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux

  • Museum number:

    T.753-1972

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pale pink pleated silk crêpe-de-Chine nightdress bordered with Valenciennes lace. Intricate embroidery at the front neckline combines hand embroidery, cutwork, appliqué and two types of net insertion (square mesh for the majority of the background and hexagonal mesh for parts representing water) to create a scene of a female statue in Grecian drapery with two putti at her feet pouring water from a jar, upon a stone pavillion, with trees beyond.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1925 (designed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pleated and hand embroidered silk crêpe-de-Chine with lace bordering, cutwork, appliqué and net insertion

Descriptive line

Nightdress of silk crêpe-de-Chine, Paris, ca. 1925

Production Note

Attributed to Balenciaga, but this is extremely improbable.

Materials

Crêpe-de-Chine; Net (textile)

Techniques

Hand embroidery; Cutwork; Lace-making; Pleating; Applied work

Subjects depicted

Statues; Putti; Classical figures; Water features; Trees; Fountain; Balustrades; Pavilions (garden structures)

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Nightwear; Embroidery; Lace

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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