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Renée Lalique, Brooch, c. 1900

Bathing suit by Hermès | 1950's | Lurex | The Metropolitan Museum of Art. // classy

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Bathing suit

Evening Dress Callot Soeurs, 1925 Callot Soeurs The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, 1910’s From the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev

A pale pink beaded muslin flapper dress, circa 1928

Charles James - coloured underskirts of a gown

Vogue October 1947 - Photo John Rawlings

Lisa Fonssagrives,1947 Photography John Rawlings

John Rawlings for Vogue, April 1947

Anne St. Marie, photo by John Rawlings, Vogue 1955

Vogue, September 15, 1938, photo by John Rawlings

Detail of an evening dress of cream silk brocade decorated with panels of Indian embroidery and beetle wings. This gown, which has a nineteen-inch waist, is decorated with net panels embroidered with gold thread and beetle wing cases from a species of jewel beetle. The panels were probably made in India where Madras and Calcutta were centres for beetle-wing embroidery made for the European market. 1892 - 1894

The over-the-top expression of opulence seen in this 1910 ball gown worn by a prominent member of the Astor family is a testament to the degree of ostentation required at certain events in order to stand out from the crowd. The dense sequin and bead embroidery on the gown would have created a beautiful shimmering effect. Made by Mrs. Osborn Company, America. Via MMA.

1880's evening dress. Ornate assymetrical shoulder.

Late Victorian Reception Dress 1890

c.1915 Edwardian Royal Purple Velvet Nautical Dress,