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Norell’s legendary reputation for perfection is evident in this deceptively simple day dress. The carefully fitted torso and molded waist are accentuated by the dramatic full skirt of blue and beige fabric. With every movement of the wearer, the skirt flares out to create an optically engaging effect. In another example of Norell’s precision in cut and construction, the skirt’s beige fabric was cut on the straight grain, using a technique called slashing. Navy blue fabric inserts were then added. The lining of the skirt is constructed with blue and beige fabric in a similar manner.
Clare Eggleston Geiman, Quogue, New York; through (Stan Weaver, New York); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1985).