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A Pierre Balmain black faille ball gown, circa 1950, with woven white on black label 'Pierre Balmain, Paris, soie naturelle' the flamenco-style graduated hem edged and part lined in bright pink silk faille, boned integral corset, decorative buttons to front, gentle fold to decollete trimmed with a bow, the skirt with graduated bands of pleats, layers of pink tulle petticoats, bust approx 86cm, 34in, waist 61cm, 24in

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Evening dress Date: ca. 1914 Culture: American Medium: silk

Evening dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1902 Henriette Favre Haute Couture evening beaded gown, silk and sequins and paillettes, French.

Late Victorian Reception Dress 1890

The condition is almost excellent. I found a few splits in the bodice lining and light soiling along the hemline. The silk is stable and is not shattering. It measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, and 42" skirt-front length.

Beaded tulle evening gown, c.1910. In this scintillating evening gown, we see the opulent elegance of the Gilded Age materialized in the world of high fashion. The textured black-on-black design adds a layer of glamour to the languid elegance of the late Edwardian period. Label reads "J.L. Conley/Boston."

The Maple Leaf of Canada, worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Norman Hartnell, 1957.

This ball gown (ca. 1898-1900 by Jacques Doucet) is simplistic in design, yet extravagant by the choice of materials used. The sheer overlayer is enhanced by the solid lamé underlayers and a sense of luxury is added by the hidden lace flounce at the hem. Undoubtedly, a woman would make an entrance in this dress, as it is extremely seductive with its form fitting silhouette and low décolleté.

Edwardian Fashion 1900 to 1920 :: 1910 Augusta Auctions image by charleybrown77 - Photobucket

Fontana evening ensemble, 1954 From the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is SO SO beautiful!!!

Dress, Evening Jeanne Hallée  (French, 1880–1914) Date: 1901–5 Culture: French Medium: silk, metallic, glass

Dress 1950s Timeless Vixen Vintage

Jean Dessès dress ca. 1953 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whoa.

I love this. I really wish the source link worked so that I could find out more about it and what collection it is in. | WALKING SUIT: BODICE AND SKIRT Circa 1890

Faded grandeur: Dutch photographer Niki Feijen specialises in urban exploration; capturing the abandoned and decaying buildings that lie behind do not enter signs