• Fashion Through the Ages auction at Christies

    Sale 5945

    Fashion Through the Ages

    3 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 164

    A BLACK VELVET DRESS AND COLLAR

    EISA, 1950

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    A BLACK VELVET DRESS AND COLLAR
    EISA, 1950
    the floral devoré velvet dress with full skirt and long sleeves, with original belt, and dramatic detachable collar descending to a deep point
    Labelled: Eisa (3)


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    The same model made up as a coat, with its distinctive collar, was photographed by Irving Penn, and featured in Vogue in 1950. Anne Bullitt Biddle was clear in her specifications, often altering presented styles to her own figure and needs. Here she has had a coat redesigned into a dress.

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    Literature

    Jouve and Demornex, 'Balenciaga,' Rizzoli NY, 1989; and Jouve, 'Fashion Memoir: Balenciaga,' Thames & Hudon, 1997, p14.