Evening dress

Design House Jessie Franklin Turner American
Designer Jessie Franklin Turner American

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Lamé, a fabric which incorporates metallic threads and is known for its festive brightness, was often used in evening wear of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. The lamé used here is in relatively bright condition, allowing one to imagine its original effect of shining like liquid metal. Jessie Franklin Turner, the designer of this dress, was widely known for her evening wear. This example demonstrates one reason for her renown, as it incorporates pristine bias construction and inventive piecing of the sleeves, allowing the dress to drape the body in a dramatic alluring way.

Evening dress, Jessie Franklin Turner (American, 1923–1943), metal, American

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