This dramatic evening gown combines a waist-length bustier with a long form-fitting skirt that opens wide at the knee. It has a wrapped top with bodice corsage of red machine tulle and stiffening rod inserts. The shoulder is partially folded open and the back is free. It closes at the bust with a snap and hook and eye on the left. The figure enveloping skirt is adorned with a multistage valance at the knee, the lowest stage of which is bell-shaped. The transition to the second stage in the front is achieved with a draped length of deeply darted. Above that, a large oversized bow is mounted centrally. All skirt hemlines are underlain with a stiff braided insert. Jean Dessès (1904-1970), born in Alexandria, opened his own couture house in Paris in 1937 and during the 50s he was a much sought-after designer among royal European families.


  • Title: Two-piece Red Evening Dress
  • Creator: Jean Dessès
  • Date: ca. 1950
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Proof of manufacture: Black on white woven label: Jean Dessès 17. Avenue Matignon Paris
  • Place of origin: Paris, France
  • Length: Bustier: fl./bl. 58 cm, skirt: fl./bl. 113 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Dress
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Bengaline silk rep, silk taffeta, synthetic machine tulle, synthetic facing ribbon, cotton fleece

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