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Erte | Costume for “La Traviata” | c. 1923

Woman's Kimono Costume Ensemble designed by Erte in France in 1923. LACMA Collections

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The Nile, From la Revue des Folies Bergere, 1924. Costumes by Erte

Erte (Romain de Tirtoff), Costume for Ganna Walska as Cio-Cio-San, 'Madama Butterfly', 1923

Erte costume, 1920

An 1887 fancy dress costume from La Mode Illustrée. She’s a bat. Duh.

A dragonfly, Japanese themed costume and an allegory of games from La Mode Illustrée, 1887.

The 1830s saw fancy dress costumes becoming far more fanciful and unrestrained. Women who were modestly covered from head to toe in daily life reveled in creating revealing and controversial costumes, a trend which is still going strong today. This spectacular example is from La Mode magazine, 1831.