evening dress
evening dress

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evening dress

Norman Norell, (American, 1900-1972)

Colorful zinnias adorn this dramatic evening dress. The hourglass shape is reinforced by a built-in boned corset. Yards of fabric were used to create the voluminous split bubble-skirt, similar to bloomers, which were inspired by Turkish “harem” pants.

Influenced by Dior and Balenciaga, Norell brought French couture standards of design, quality and craftsmanship to his American clientele. After working for Hattie Carnegie, in 1940 he joined Anthony Triana and launched one of the most successful fashion houses in the U.S.

Jocelyn S. Schwartzman and Stan Weaver, New York (through Stan Weaver, New York); Indianapolis Museum of Art (December 19, 1985).

Object Information

Norman Norell (American, 1900-1972)
creation date
late 1950s
silk taffeta
L: 38 in.
mark descriptions
Norman Norell for Traina-Norell
accession number
credit line
Gift of Jocelyn S. Schwartzman and Stanley E. Weaver in memory of Norman Norell
© Norman Norell
Textile and Fashion Arts

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