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Detail sleeve, robe à la francaise, England (Spitalfield's), 1760s, remodeled 1780s. Ivory ground silk taffeta woven with a narrow self weave stripe, with gently curving flower and leaf meanders in puce, shaded tangerine flowerheads, red berries and sage green foliage, alternating with small sprays of flowers in deep rose pink and ivory. Trimmed with same tufted silks and corded wire loops.

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Pre-photoshop re-touching, 1950 Dovima in narrow pink crêpe dress by Christian Dior, photo by Avedon, Harper's Bazaar,

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An Art Nouveau gold, plique-à-jour enamel, ruby and diamond pendant, probably Belgian, circa 1900. #ArtNouveau #pendant

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Dressing a Titanic Lady

1910-1911 Evening Dress by Paul Poiret: silk satin dress with silk tulle overdress, embroidery of beads and metallic thread, tulle peplum. "...In 1906, when the S-curve silhouette was still overwhelmingly popular, Poiret introduced high waist corsetless dresses. He shifted the fashion trend substantially from 19th-century dresses in artistic forms with excessive decoration toward innovative clothing that accentuated the natural beauty of the human body..." | JV

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VELVET and LACE DESHABILLE, with WIZARD SLEEVES, 1930’s. Black bias cut silk panne velvet wrap with off center self button and loop closure, having sheer ecru Alencon lace bodice top and applique to velvet, curved skirt gores, lace topped long, pointed sleeve open from above the elbow, inside tie at waist. B-42, L-60. very good. $660.

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