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Afternoon Dress "Delphos"

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Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949)ca. 1912Venicepleated silk satin, silk cord, Murano glass-beadsL 148 cm

The Delphos-dress has been named after the antique statue of the charioteer of Delphi. This floor-long dress falls loosely off the shoulders to the floor and is made of gossamer, very finely pleated silk. Plain and of timeless elegance, it stands out from the pre-World War I fashion of corsets. The Delphos-dresses were produced in many colours and variations from 1907 until 1952. They were especially sought after in artistic circles. Their creator was the Spanish multi-talent Mariano Fortuny, who also worked as a painter, sculptor, architect and photographer.