Despite their apparently rigid construction, century bodices were actually fairly malleable when it came to accommodating pregnancy. The use of stomachers left the front of the bodice open allowing pregnant women to either use larger stomachers.
Evening ensemble Date: for a formal ball. Neoclassical motifs in lace; particularly the laurel wreaths. The black lace is applied over the velvet bands to add a different texture and lighting effect, acts as a foil to the glitter of the paillettes.
Evening dress House of Lanvin (French, founded Designer: Jeanne Lanvin Date: spring/summer 1923 Culture: French Medium: silk, metallic thread, glass beads Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Albert Spaulding, 1962 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art