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Evening dress

Design House:
Fortuny (Italian, founded 1906)
Designer:
Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871–1949 Venice)
Date:
first half 20th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
silk, glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn and Mrs. Alice Lewisohn Crowley, 1946
Accession Number:
C.I.46.9.82
Not on view
Like the ancient chiton, the Fortuny "Delphos" could be either stitched or buttoned along the shoulder line. In historically faithful versions, the sleeve length reflected the width of the body of the garment: the fuller the gown, the longer the shoulder line and "sleeves." On occasion, however, the designer would create fitted sleeves that did not conform to classical precedent. Separate pieces were added to the body of the gown with a fissured button-closing finish, as seen in this example. Fortuny employed Murano glass beads as the decorative closures of his sleeves and also as weights on the hems of his garments.
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