Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Evening ensemble

Design House:
Maisons Agnès-Drécoll (French, 1931–1963)
a) wool b) silk c) coral, silver, rhinestones
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss. Julia P. Wightman, 1990
Accession Number:
Not on view
Displaying a Chinoiserie delicately appropriated from the decorative arts, Drécoll's coral-orange bolero is worn atop her Western-style (but cheongsam- or qi-pao-related) column dress. The result is a Shanghai-like synthesis of East and West. By the 1930s, the frequent trade expositions in Paris had encouraged keen awareness of Chinese costume and arts among French fashion designers, including Grès, Lanvin, and Drécoll. Drécoll cleverly used the exoticism of the bolero to set the rank badges onto Western dress as a kind of acknowledged appliqué.
Marking: [label] (b) "Maisons/Agnes-Drecoll/Paris/24 Place Vendome"
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