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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Venet, Philippe, born 1929 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, organza and satin with embroidered appliqué detail

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This arresting evening dress in black and white silk was designed by Philippe Venet in 1989. An enormous, cape-like collar of stiffened white silk organza stands wide of the shoulders, falling mid-way to the waist. Dramatically, it is threaded at front and shoulders with a generous black satin sash which ties at the back in a huge butterfly bow. In addition, a profusion of small embroidered bow-shaped motifs are lightly appliquéd over the dress, their free-standing edges creating an animated, fluttering effect that contrasts with the static gravity of the single bow above.

Physical description

Evening dress of silk, organza and satin. With a large white cape-like collar threaded through with a black bow. Embroidered bow-shaped motifs are appliquéd over the dress.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1989 (made)


Venet, Philippe, born 1929 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, organza and satin with embroidered appliqué detail

Marks and inscriptions

'Philippe Venet Paris'

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1990/314.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of silk, organza and satin, designed by Philippe Venet, France, 1989

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

Wilcox, C. & Mendes, V. Modern Fashion in Detail. London: V&A Publications, 1991, p.94, ISBN 1 85177 032 1


Silk (textile); Organza


Applied work; Satin; Embroidered

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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