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"Petal" evening dress, by Charles James, ca. 1951 Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Petal" evening dress, by Charles James, ca. 1951 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cream silk chiffon evening ensemble by Christian Dior, worn by Princess Margaret, 1950s. Fashion Museum Bath

Cream silk chiffon evening ensemble by Christian Dior, worn by Princess Margaret, 1950s. Fashion Museum Bath

Susan Abraham in Dorville - August 1954 - Photo by John French - Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1950s fashion.

Susan Abraham in Dorville - August 1954 - Photo by John French - Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 1950s fashion.

House of Dior (French, founded 1947), Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957). “Venus” Dress, autumn/winter 1949–50, Haute Couture. Machine–sewn, hand–finished gray silk taffeta and tulle; hand–applique of gray silk tulle and horsehair petals, hand–embroidered with opalescent, gold, and silver gelatin sequins, feather paillettes, synthetic pearls, and clear crystals. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

House of Dior (French, founded 1947), Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957). “Venus” Dress, autumn/winter 1949–50, Haute Couture. Machine–sewn, hand–finished gray silk taffeta and tulle; hand–applique of gray silk tulle and horsehair petals, hand–embroidered with opalescent, gold, and silver gelatin sequins, feather paillettes, synthetic pearls, and clear crystals. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

Gorgeous detail.  Need to learn how to do this kind of embroidery.  "Vilmiron"  House of Dior  (French, founded 1947)  Designer: Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957) Date: spring/summer 1952 Culture: French Medium: silk, nylon

Gorgeous detail. Need to learn how to do this kind of embroidery. "Vilmiron" House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Designer: Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957) Date: spring/summer 1952 Culture: French Medium: silk, nylon

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