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Norman Norell (American, 1900-1972)


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).

Object Information

artist
Norman Norell (American, 1900-1972)
creation date
1968-1971
materials
wool crepe
dimensions
L: 37 1/4 in.
mark descriptions
Norman Norell, New York
accession number
1985.667
credit line
Gift of Clare Eggleston Geiman in memory of Norman Norell
copyright
© Norman Norell
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors