• Three Decades with Irving Penn auction at Christies

    Sale 2397

    Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe

    14 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 60

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Vionnet Lampshade Dress, 1977

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Vionnet Lampshade Dress, 1977
    platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1980
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '12/15' '2610' and inscribed 'For Pat, Christmas 1986' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
    15 x 14 7/8in. (39 x 38cm.)


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    Literature

    Penn and Vreeland, Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939, The Viking Press, 1977, p. 40; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 66


    Post Lot Text

    The caption in Inventive Paris Clothes notes that 'This evening dress is cut on the straight - rather unusual for Vionnet at that time. Made of oyster-white silk crepe, it is overlaid with a draped fringe that flows over the body and cascades down the side, giving a most alluring and chic touch. (1925)' (p. 41)