ball gown
ball gown
ball gown
ball gown
ball gown

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Ball Gown

Norman Norell, Designer (American, 1900-1972) Anthony Traina, Manufacturer


Norell brought French couture standards of design, quality and craftsmanship to his American clientele.

The bodice of this elegant strapless dress is embellished with a vertical bow at the left shoulder. Two attached petticoats add extra volume to the full skirt. The silk taffeta's warp threads were printed in the flame tulip pattern before the fabric was woven. This technique creates a fuzzy outline of the motifs.

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Object Information

designer
Norman Norell (American, 1900-1972)
manufacturer
Anthony Traina
creation date
1958
materials
silk taffeta, painted warp (chiné), silk organza lining
dimensions
L: 59 in.
mark descriptions
label: Traina-Norell | label: Saks Fifth Ave
accession number
2004.77
credit line
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Ansted Jr. Art Fund
copyright
© Norman Norell
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors