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Dress
(c. 1925)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk, rayon, cotton, gelatin sequins, glass beads
Measurements
92.0 cm (centre back) 46.0 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
D246-1974
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Schofield Collection. Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
Gallery location
Not on display
About

The Art Deco style traversed art and design, with a modernist preference for geometric lines and stylised motifs. It revered the machine while remembering tradition. It cited the avant-garde movements of Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism and Constructivism, while representing a life of speed and a celebration of industry with diagonal and rectilinear lines. Surfaces shimmered in reflective textiles or clashed in loud colours as in this Dress, with its stylised pink-sequined roses spliced within a black and silver chevron, below a bodice of shimmering silver diamant├ęs.

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