Before the outbreak of World War I in 1914, which all but smothered the market for luxury goods, couturiers created evening clothes that were complex assemblages of luxurious materials and trimmings. They were often, as with this evening dress, constructed with multiple layers of diaphonous fabrics trimmed with metallic threads, pearls and diamantés to catch the light.


  • Title: Evening dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1908/1917
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Provenance: Given anonymously
  • Medium: Silk chine and silk voile, brocaded with metallic threads, and trimmed with mauve satin, diamantes, imitation pearls and bobbin lace

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