Delphos dress, Mariano Fortuny, 1909-1949. Museo del Traje.
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A fine and rare Mariano Fortuny stencilled orientalist black silk evening coat, circa 1910-20
Stenciled velvet neoclassical gown, Fortuny, early 20th century. Pink & pomegranate mottled velvet stenciled with Medieval-style pattern in gold. Underside inset with pleated raspberry silk held with series of Murano glass beads & silk cord loops continuing down sides to hem. Pleats angled into square-edged train. Whitaker Auctions
Japanese Fashion - Kimono
Because Fortuny was not a fashion designer per se, he could afford to disregard trends and his designs remained true to his vision for decades. By 1925, the Delphos was considered a tea gown and by the 30′s was adopted as an evening dress, known for its columnar shape, elaborate pleating and Venetian glass beads, which served as both decoration and to anchor the featherweight silk,