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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Givenchy (French, founded 1952)
Designer:
Hubert de Givenchy (French, born Beauvais, 1927)
Date:
1966–67
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, feathers
Dimensions:
Length: 37 in. (94 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.108.3a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 955
Couturiers have long relied on featherwork to realize their artistic expressions. The House of Lemarié, founded in 1880, has supplied most of the featherwork for the couture, producing effects that enhance and even surpass those of nature. Feathers are split, dyed, twisted, stripped, and knotted together to create an exquisite artifice. In this dress by Givenchy, individual filaments of ostrich plume, dyed and stripped, are applied to the silk by hand and are anchored upward and against the grain to form a field that is gently animated.
Marking: [label] "Givenchy/Paris
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