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APPLIED ART : COSTUME

Object Name

Evening Dress

Maker

Edward Molyneux (Primary maker)
Edward Molyneux (designer)

Date Made

1922 Autumn / Winter
1922 Autumn / Winter

Description

Evening dress of pale pink silk crepe, sleeveless. low back joined at waist. Dress has under-dress has ribbon straps,hooked opening left side seam. Overdress has bodice draped to waist with open side seam, skirt gathered and draped to handkerchief point at front right hip with long floating panel from backleft left hip which extends to train on floor. Self belt c. 24.4 cm wide hooks at front left hip, closure covered by two satin and velvet pink dalilias. From exhibition text 'Grand Designers' Born in London in 1891, Edward Molyneux trained as a painter, but began work as an illustrator for the fashion house Lucile after winning a design competition. He served in the First World War and opened his own Paris salon in 1919, where he became an instant success with elegantly-cut dresses and tailored suits. His clientele included royalty and film stars such as Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh. This dress is typical of his subtle colour palette, bias-cutting and beautiful fabrics

Materials

silk crepe

Catalogue Number

BELUM.T3652

Copyright

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