Evening dress

Couture Line Versace Couture Italian
Design House Gianni Versace Italian
Designer Gianni Versace Italian

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Gianni Versace used metal mesh in a number of his collections. The ability of the material to drape in liquid gathers made it ideal for classical effects. However, it is technically challenging to join, since sewing it is precluded. Perhaps, because of this, the designer relied on simple orthogonal pattern pieces whenever he utilized this medium. That his chiton appears as much medieval as it does classical is the consequence of the chiton's unfitted shift-like structure-common to many cultures and times.

Evening dress, Versace Couture (Italian, founded 1992), metal, Italian

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