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Evening Dress

ca. 1932 (made)
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This long, sleeveless evening dress is made of saxe-blue silk, completely covered with small matching sequins. It has a wide V-neck in the front, which dips to the waist at the back. A large bow of matching material is applied to the front bust, and another below the waist at the back. The skirt is gored to flare from the knees in front and from the waist at the back.

During the first half of the 1930s, evening dresses were designed to wrap women in luxurious, body-hugging sheaths, replacing the short, flat square gowns of the 1920s. Evening gowns were mostly sleeveless, often displaying a bare back or a low neckline and inevitably touching the floor. White or pastel colours, fashionable in the 1920s and early 1930s, soon gave way to stronger, more acidic colours.

After championing the modern, sporty and androgynous woman of the 1920s, Chanel successfully ventured into a luxurious and more feminine fashion in the 1930s.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silk tulle, sequins, machine-sewn and hand-sewn
Brief description
Long and sleeveless evening dress made of silk tulle and sequins, designed by Chanel, Paris, ca. 1932
Physical description
Long and sleeveless evening dress made of saxe blue silk tulle, and covered with small matching sequins. It has a wide 'V' neck in the front, which dips to the waist at the back. A large bow of matching material is applied to the front bust, and another below the waist at the back. The skirt is gored to flare from the knees in the front and from the waist at the back. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.
Dimensions
  • Bust circumference: 33in
  • Hips circumference: 34in
  • Shoulder to hem length: 63in
Style
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Given by Loelia, Duchess of Westminster
Summary
This long, sleeveless evening dress is made of saxe-blue silk, completely covered with small matching sequins. It has a wide V-neck in the front, which dips to the waist at the back. A large bow of matching material is applied to the front bust, and another below the waist at the back. The skirt is gored to flare from the knees in front and from the waist at the back.



During the first half of the 1930s, evening dresses were designed to wrap women in luxurious, body-hugging sheaths, replacing the short, flat square gowns of the 1920s. Evening gowns were mostly sleeveless, often displaying a bare back or a low neckline and inevitably touching the floor. White or pastel colours, fashionable in the 1920s and early 1930s, soon gave way to stronger, more acidic colours.



After championing the modern, sporty and androgynous woman of the 1920s, Chanel successfully ventured into a luxurious and more feminine fashion in the 1930s.
Collection
Accession number
T.339-1960

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Record createdNovember 13, 2003
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