Evening dress (robe du soir longue)
Jean Desses (1904-70)
Worn by Mrs Opal Holt and given by Mrs Haynes and Mrs Clark
Museum no. T.105-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Desses's fascination with draping and classical form resulted in gowns of great technical complexity. Although the bodice appears to be soft and unstructured, it is supported by the sewn-in boning common at the time.