Attributed to Callot Soeurs (French, active 1895–1937)
Attributed to Madame Marie Gerber (French)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mercedes de Acosta, 1954
Not on view
First established in the 1890s by the four Callot sisters as a lingerie and lace business, Callot Soeurs evolved into a premier dressmaking house in the early years of the 20th century. Madame Gerber, the eldest Callot sister, served as the primary designer for the house until 1927 when her sons took over the business. Rita de Acosta Lydig (1880-1929), a noted beauty and style icon of the early twentieth century, owned this garment, attributed to Callot Soeurs. A great admirer and collector of lace, de Acosta Lydig favored simple silhouettes including coloutte-type bifurcated dresses like this one, which she paired with lace vests or jackets.