Since Fortuny regarded his dress designs as inventions, he also patented his designs as early as 1909. His description reads: "This invention is related to a type of garment derived from the classical robe, but its design is so shaped and arranged that it can be worn and adjusted with ease and comfort." By the twenties and thirties a Fortuny evening dress, such as this medieval-style tunic, would be worn by women who projected a strong sense of their own individuality.
Marking: [label] Mariano Fortuny/Venise/509 Madison Avenue New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.