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Christian Dior at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Bar” suit and jacket, spring/summer 1947 Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947) Silk shantung Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958 (C.I.58.34.30) Skirt, executed in 1969 from a 1947 design Reproduction of a skirt designed … Continue reading

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Paul Poiret at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Irudrée” Gown, ca. 1923 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Silk, metal; L. at center back 52 in. (132.1 cm) Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2007 (2007.146) Paul Poiret’s technical and commercial innovations were fundamental to the emergence and development … Continue reading

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Charles Frederick Worth at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ball gown, ca. 1872 Charles Frederick Worth (French, born England, 1825–1895) Silk Gift of Mrs. Philip K. Rhinelander, 1946 (C.I.46.25.1a–d) The silhouette suddenly deflated in the 1870s, from a broad dome to something more akin to a right triangle. This … Continue reading

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Haute Couture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, ca. 1887 Charles Frederick Worth (French, born England, 1825–1895) Silk, glass, metallic thread Gift of Mr. Orme Wilson and Mr. R. Thornton Wilson in memory of their mother, Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson, 1949 (C.I.49.3.28a,b) Evening dress, 1892 … Continue reading

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Madeleine Vionnet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, 1938 Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975) Black silk satin and black silk net embroidered with black sequins Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946 (C.I.46.4.4a–c) In Jungian psychology, the appearance of black birds in … Continue reading

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Madeleine Vionnet

Madeleine Vionnet (pronounced: [ma.də.lɛn vjɔ.ne]; June 22, 1876 – March 2, 1975) was a French fashion designer. Born in Loiret, France, Vionnet trained in London before returning to France to establish her first fashion house in Paris in 1912. Although it … Continue reading

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Jean Lanvin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robe de style, 1924–25 Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946) Ivory and black silk taffeta trimmed with pink and black silk velvet rosettes Gift of Mrs. W. R. Grace, 1956 (C.I.56.49.1) High art as well as haute couture have often been erroneously … Continue reading

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