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Dress

2014 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Ralph & Russo is an international fashion house known for its opulent handcrafted garments. Founded in 2007 by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, the brand has shot to prominence in the past decade. In 2013 Ralph & Russo became the first British member accepted into the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in almost a century.

The dress offered to us comes from Ralph & Russo’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. It is made of a pale grey silk tulle, heavily embellished with seed pearls and crystals, with the cuffs and collar edged with stiff grey silk organza. The dress was shown in Fashion in Motion at the V&A in October 2014 and later worn by the French-Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko at the opening night gala for the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival in December of that year.


Object details

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Object type
Materials and techniques
Pale grey sheer tulle gown with organza trim and pearl and crystal embellishment Multiple different shades of 'white' pearls are used to shade the design.
Brief description
Dress, grey silk tulle with pearl and crystal embellishment, Ralph & Russo, Autumn/Winter 2014
Physical description
Floor-length evening dress of grey silk tulle. The dress has a simple, column-like silhouette with gently nipped-in waist, emphasized with beading, and elbow-length sleeves. The dress has an open rounded neckline with a shallow stand-up organza trim.

It is heavily embellished with pearls and crystals.
Dimensions
  • Waist (measured inside garment) circumference: 65cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Bust (measured inside garment) circumference: 81cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Across back width: 34cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape waist length: 42cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Sleeve length: 38 (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Lower hip circumference: 85cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Waist hem length: 119cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
Credit line
Given by Tamara Ralph on behalf of Ralph & Russo
Object history
The dress was originally unlined. Ralph and Russo added a purple silk satin lining in 2014 when the dress was worn by Olga Kurylenko.
Summary
Ralph & Russo is an international fashion house known for its opulent handcrafted garments. Founded in 2007 by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, the brand has shot to prominence in the past decade. In 2013 Ralph & Russo became the first British member accepted into the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in almost a century.

The dress offered to us comes from Ralph & Russo’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. It is made of a pale grey silk tulle, heavily embellished with seed pearls and crystals, with the cuffs and collar edged with stiff grey silk organza. The dress was shown in Fashion in Motion at the V&A in October 2014 and later worn by the French-Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko at the opening night gala for the 11th Annual Dubai International Film Festival in December of that year.
Collection
Accession number
T.241-2019

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Record createdOctober 24, 2019
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