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House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Designer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel Date: 1934 Medium: silk, gold

Evening gown (image 6) | Madeleine Vionnet | Paris | 1932 | bias-cut silk crepe | Chicago History Museum | Object #: 1975.145.2 | According to Vionnet scholar Betty Kirke, however, this garment may actually be lingerie.

Detail of Dress, England, c. 1830. Silk plain weave (organza) and silk satin with imitation-pearl glass beads.

Coat (Dolman). House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Date: 1905–10. Culture: French. Medium: wool, metallic thread. Dimensions: Length: 30 in. (76.2 cm). Width at Bottom: 97 in. (246.4 cm).

Evening dress (image 1) | Madeleine Vionnet | French | 1936-37 | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: C.I.52.18.2