Evening Gown, Coco Chanel (1883-1971), Paris, France: ca. 1925, silk chiffon with silk fringe. "This garment is one of the best examples of flapper-style dress in the museum's collection. The flat silhouettes, use of fringe, and sparkling embroidery are common features of the era."
Delicate lace edge to fichu, white silk bows en échelle to stomacher, two tiered white lace ruffles (engageantes) to three quarter length sleeves, white lace edging to open robe a la Française of violet silk, two tiered white lace wide flounce to matching violet silk petticoat. Detail from portrait of Marie Louise Therese Victoire (Madame Victoire) by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (Versailles), 1788.