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White dress a l’empire
The dress is made of white mull decorated with yellow leaves. Such thin fabrics were considered quite revealing and leading the wearer to ‘dress in French and freeze in Danish’ . The by classical Greece and Rome inspired dress supposedly belonged to Hedvig Marie West, née Schumacher (1805-79).
Pierre Balmain’s spring collection 1969 featured this very typical A-shaped evening gown ’Vienne’ in ivory and rose coloured silk with underscored quadrangles, designed by Danish Erik Mortensen. The fashionable gown also served as model for Danish costumers in Magasin du Nord’s dress parlour that season.
Photos by Roberto Fortuna & Peter Danstrøm (CC-BY-SA).
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