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Dress
(c. 1926)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk, glass, diamanté, metallic thread, glass beads, metal, cotton
Measurements
104.3 cm (centre back) 41.2 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
(England / France)
Accession Number
D158-1971
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1971
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Popular dances in the 1920s included The Black Bottom and the Charleston. These dances were considered immoral and provocative due to their exaggerated gestures. Short clusters of loosely-strung beads are applied to the bodice of this Dress to tremble with movement. The skirt is given fullness and swing with the insertion of triangular godets and curvaceous ribbons of glittering beading through the hips and centre front.

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