Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chanel (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk tulle, sequins, machine-sewn and hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Loelia, Duchess of Westminster

  • Museum number:

    T.339-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1932 (made)

Artist/maker

Chanel (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk tulle, sequins, machine-sewn and hand-sewn

Dimensions

Circumference: 33 in bust, Circumference: 34 in hips, Length: 63 in shoulder to hem

Descriptive line

Long and sleeveless evening dress made of silk tulle and sequins, designed by Chanel, Paris, ca. 1932

Materials

Tulle; Sequins

Techniques

Machine sewing; Hand sewing

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Textiles

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.

Ajax-loader