Evening gownEvening gown
Unknown maker
ca. 1930

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel introduced the "little black dress" almost fifteen years before this dress was made, turning it into a staple of every fashionable woman's wardrobe. The Depression led to greatly subdued expressions in fashion, and black became a popular color for ladies' evening wear. This gown is an example of the complex panel construction seen in the work of such renowned couturiers as Jean Patou, Madeleine Vionnet and Jacques Heim.

Gift of the Museum of the City of New York

LSM #1957.052

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