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Dress

Dress

  • Place of origin:

    paris, France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-sewn chiffon and hand embroidery

  • Museum number:

    T.65-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This short day dress of pink embroidered chiffon has a straight, square shape, a wide, round neckline and short sleeves. The long bodice ends at hip level and the skirt of the dress is slightly gathered at the hips. Stylised flowers are embroidered on the front of the bodice and on the skirt, in tones of green, white and light blue. There is a small white chiffon collar with white embroidery at the neckline.

Stylised Russian embroidery in Western fashion was popular during the first half of the 1920s as a post-war substitute for elegant fabrics. Many Russian refugees who had learned embroidery as children ended up working for major couture houses in Paris.

Physical description

Short day dress made of pink embroidered chiffon. The dress has a square and straight shape, a round and wide neckline, and short sleeves. The long bodice ends at hips level and the skirt of the dress is slightly gathered a the hips. Stylised flowers are embroidered on the front of the bodice and on the skirt, in the tones of green, white and light blue. There is a small white chiffon collar with white embroideries at the neckline.

Place of Origin

paris, France (made)

Date

ca. 1925 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-sewn chiffon and hand embroidery

Object history note

Registered File number 1994/1953.

Historical context note

This is a significant example of the impact of stylised traditional Russian embroideries on Western fashion in the first half of the 1920s. Because they had learned embroidery in their childhood, many Russian refugees ended up working for major couture houses in Paris. Traditional Russian embroideries became extrememly popular as a post-war substitute for elegant fabrics.

Descriptive line

Dress, machine-sewn chiffon and hand embroidery, Paris, France, ca. 1925.

Materials

Silk; Chiffon

Techniques

Machine sewing; Hand embroidery

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O85657
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