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Evening dress by Herbert Luey, 1912-14 Brooklyn, NY, the Met Museum

Evening dress by Herbert Luey, 1912-14 Brooklyn, NY, the Met Museum

Evening dress by Weeks, 1910 Paris, the Met Museum

Associated with royalty and symbolizing beauty, immortality and  exoticism, the peacock has long been a favorite motif of artists.  Particularly during the Art Nouveau movement, designers incorporated the  birds into their work, inspired by the creatures’ sinuous bodies and  showy feathers. In this gown, by the little-known Parisian house of  Weeks, both printed and embroidered peacock motifs enliven the skirt and  bodice. The metallic threads of the embroidery add a shimmery quality  to the bodice, while the blue and green colors of the birds are picked  up in the sash, sleeve ends and hem band. In an additional couture  touch, the printed textile has been cut and pieced to form the sleeves  of the dress, giving the appearance that a different yet precisely  matched fabric has been used. Worn by Mrs. Francis Neilson (née Helen  Swift), daughter of the founder of Swift & Company, the dress was  undoubtedly purchased during a trip abroad in 1910.

Evening dress by Weeks, 1910 Paris, the Met Museum

Associated with royalty and symbolizing beauty, immortality and exoticism, the peacock has long been a favorite motif of artists. Particularly during the Art Nouveau movement, designers incorporated the birds into their work, inspired by the creatures’ sinuous bodies and showy feathers. In this gown, by the little-known Parisian house of Weeks, both printed and embroidered peacock motifs enliven the skirt and bodice. The metallic threads of the embroidery add a shimmery quality to the bodice, while the blue and green colors of the birds are picked up in the sash, sleeve ends and hem band. In an additional couture touch, the printed textile has been cut and pieced to form the sleeves of the dress, giving the appearance that a different yet precisely matched fabric has been used. Worn by Mrs. Francis Neilson (née Helen Swift), daughter of the founder of Swift & Company, the dress was undoubtedly purchased during a trip abroad in 1910.

Dinner dress by House of Drécoll, 1912-13 Austria, the Met Museum

Dinner dress by House of Drécoll, 1912-13 Austria, the Met Museum

Dress, 1909-10 England (Manchester), Manchester City Galleries

Dress, 1909-10 England (Manchester), Manchester City Galleries

Boots, 1910’s France, Musée International de la Chaussure

Boots, 1910’s France, Musée International de la Chaussure

Evening dress, ca 1909 NYC, the Met Museum
Evening dress by Callot Soeurs, 1909-10 France, the Met Museum
I’m assuming that train is supposed to be on the ground.

Evening dress by Callot Soeurs, 1909-10 France, the Met Museum

I’m assuming that train is supposed to be on the ground.

(Right) Evening dress by Jeanne Hallée, 1910-14 France, the Met Museum

(Right) Evening dress by Jeanne Hallée, 1910-14 France, the Met Museum

Evening dress by Liberty of London, ca 1910 UK, the Met Museum
Someone forgot to turn the flash off.

Evening dress by Liberty of London, ca 1910 UK, the Met Museum

Someone forgot to turn the flash off.

Evening dress by Liberty of London, 1910 UK, the Met Museum

Evening dress by Liberty of London, 1910 UK, the Met Museum

Ballgown, 1912 Finland (Helsinki), Museovirasto

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