Bias cut floral silk crepe dress, c. 1930's. The dress is fashioned from navy/black silk crepe printed with large, cheerful floral bouquets. It has a softly draped and almost bare back with a halter neck.
The Tears Dress; The Circus Collection Object: Evening ensemble (dress and veil) Place of origin: Paris, France (made) Date: February 1938 (made) Artist/Maker: Schiaparelli, Elsa, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer) Dali, born 1904 - died 1989 (textile, designer) Materials and Techniques: Viscose-rayon and silk blend fabric printed with trompe l'oeil print
E30-3743 Ladies' Evening Frock with Train and Street Dress, circa 1931 I refer to this as the Gosford gown! It is ravishing in silk charmeuse with a number of curved seams, many of which lay on the bias to create the lovely bell-shaped skirt sections! Three weights are applied at the hem of the train to keep it from flipping and to control the drape of bias areas of the skirt. The street frock version features a flounced sleeve.