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Evening dress, Nadezhda Lamanova's workshop, Moscow, 1910s. Satin, chiffon, machine lace, tulle, paste, glass beads and bugles; embroidered. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Madame Grès (French, 1903–1993). Evening gown, 1967–85. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Chessy Rayner, 1997 (1997.116.38a-c)

ca. 1842. This is a striking example of how 18th-century fabric was treasured. The textile was probably originally a 1740s dress which was taken apart and then reconfigured into this fashionable dress in the early 1840s. The elongated waist and V-shaped bodice front emphasize the bust and wide shoulders and were key features of the dresses of the period.