Evening dress, Fortuny (Italian, founded 1906), silk, glass, cotton, Italian

Evening dress

Design House:
Fortuny (Italian, founded 1906)
Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871–1949 Venice)
silk, glass, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Agnes Miles Carpenter, 1958
Accession Number:
Not on view
Mariano Fortuny created a number of variations of his signature pleated silk gowns. In this model, his "peplos," an overtunic suggesting the apoptygma of the classical peplos, is attached at the neckline and armholes of the underdress. In the ancient Grecian peplos, the arm openings were positioned along the neckline edge rather than along the side seam edges, which resulted in a dipping hemline at either side of the garment when worn. Fortuny took this structural attribute and achieved the similar, purely decorative effect by cutting away at the tunic's hem.
Marking: [inscription] Fortuny, Depose
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