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Evening dress
(c. 1935)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk
Measurements
150.0 cm (centre back) 38.5 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
CT27-1988
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs V. Askew, 1988
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Historian Christian Esquevin argues that Hollywood films reintroduced sex appeal into Parisian fashion after the boyish fashion of the 1920s. Yet it was through the application of Vionnet’s bias-cut to Hollywood gowns that timeless cinema styles were created. In the 1930s, fashionable dresses became both figure-hugging and floor-length. The combination of Parisian techniques and Hollywood glamour helped shape the most influential fashion role model and silhouette of the decade, which became known as the Hollywood Line.

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