Evening dress, silk, metal, rhinestones, French

Evening dress

Date:
1926–28
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal, rhinestones
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Anonymous gift, 1964
Accession Number:
2009.300.1317a, b
Not on view
During the 1920s it was common for women to spend their nights on the town, dancing and drinking cocktails. The fashionable silhouette called for a dropped waist and raised hemline, and with such rapid moves being performed on the dance floor, this new form of dress complimented the carefree lifestyle. This dress is an excellent example of the style of the period and is of interest for its refined French workmanship and finishing. The beadwork is very detailed and the pattern is visually appealing, as the beads cascade down onto the bodice.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," May 5, 2010 – August 15, 2010.