Jean Dessès (1904-70)
Voided silk velvet by Bianchini Férier
Museum no T.113-1974
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by the Hon Mrs J J Astor
This gown features in French Vogue in October 1948. The magazine promoted both courturier and fabric supplier by name. Bianchini Férier had provided Parisian couturiers with luxurious silks since the late 19th century. The weight and textural qualities of this velvet lend themselves well to the contruction and shape of Dessès' draped, bouffant style.