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Tabard
(c. 1924)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk, glass beads, gelatin sequins
Measurements
100.6 cm (centre back) 52.0 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
(France)
Accession Number
1565-D5
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Vivian Pearl, 1968
Gallery location
Not on display
About

This Tabard repeats a geometric pattern that anticipates the design of the Chrysler building completed in 1928. A mosaic of silver beads over midnight blue sequins evoke the upwards movement of the skyscraper, reflecting the era’s obsession with constructed symbols of industrial progress.

—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)