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Dress
(c. 1924)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk, glass beads, silk thread (embroidery)
Measurements
116.5 cm (centre back) 66.5 cm (sleeve length)
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
D231-1974
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

Couturiers Jean Patou, Jeanne Lanvin and Gabrielle Chanel were particularly well-known for their innovative sportswear. Chanel’s separates commonly featured pockets that freed women from the burden of handbags. Often placed at the hips, the pockets promoted a wholly different stance – rounded back, sunken shoulders, out-stretched neck and bent knees – which became known as the Chanel slouch. Lanvin also designed casual day dresses, as seen in Steichen’s image Model Dinarzade wearing a crêpe de chine dress by Lanvin, 1924.

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