House of Lanvin - 1924
Seeking in both the new cylindrical silhouettes and in her characteristic robes de style to adorn flat planes with new designs associated with Art Deco, Lanvin developed a repertoire of motifs at once modern and decorative. Black cutouts are stitched by hand to a contrasting white dress. The design is even further integrated into the dress by the stitching’s being hidden under the edge of the appliqué, thus making it appear a pieced rather than an applied patterning.
Black silk crepe dress, 1920s
Black silk crepe dress, with a low waistline and silver sequins and beadwork by François Bacus of Lunéville, France, who operated a huge cottage industry of workers finishing garments for the couture houses of Paris.
From the collections of the Charleston Museum
(by Charleston Museum)
Christian Dior, 1954
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Timeless vixen Vintage
Timeless Vixen Vintage
Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris