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Evening dress

Designer:
Edward Molyneux (French (born England), London 1891–1974 Monte Carlo)
Date:
fall/winter 1939–40
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal thread
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946
Accession Number:
C.I.46.4.6a, b
Not on view
Madame Paul-Louis Weiller wore this Winterhalter evening dress at a party she and her husband hosted to celebrate Lady Mendl's 75th birthday in 1939. Commandant Paul-Louis Weiller was enthralled by Lady Mendl and often provided financial support for her lavish entertainments, including her 'Circus Ball' in July 1938. After her death he commented, "She was so delightful, and her parties were so gay. One was really happy to help her pay."
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