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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)
Designer:
Jules François Crahay (French, 1917–1988)
Date:
ca. 1969
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Eugenie Fromer, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.258.1
Not on view
Jules-François Crahay was the master of flou, or soft dressmaking. This gown is an example of his predilection for "the bias, the loose drapery, and the floating effect." Even the finishing of the shoulder with a satin-ribbon tie is a signature of the designer, known for his "softly knotted" dresses. The House of Lanvin was originally associated with the romantically feminine styles of its eponymous founder, Jeanne Lanvin. With Crahay, the house emphasized designs that sought to enhance the personal style of the client. The flattering effect of this classical gown conforms to the Crahay's belief in garments that express the natural grace and individuality of the wearer over the caprice of the designer.
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