Evening dress, designer unknown

Evening dress, designer unknown

Evening dress
Designer unknown
About 1913
Great Britain or France
Silk chine and silk voile, brocaded with metallic threads, and trimmed with mauve satin, diamantes, imitation pearls and bobbin lace
Museum no. T.33-1947

Before the outbreak of First World War in 1914, which all but smothered the market for luxury goods, couturiers created evening clothes that were complex assemblages of luxurious materials and trimmings. They were often, as with this evening dress, constructed with multiple layers of diaphanous fabrics trimmed with metallic threads, pearls and diamantés to catch the light.