Ephemeral Elegance

Costume and Fashion History

Embroidered Jacket, ca. early 1890s

Bonwit Wittauer, Berlin

via The Met

Cotton Lawn Day Dress with Lace Insertions, ca. 1904-08

via V&A

Duchesse Satin Evening Gown, ca. 1911-13
Worn by Maud Messel
Designed by Neville of London
via Brighton & Hove Museums

Duchesse Satin Evening Gown, ca. 1911-13

Worn by Maud Messel

Designed by Neville of London

via Brighton & Hove Museums

Ruffled Chiffon Gown and Capelet, ca. 1932

Coco Chanel

via The Met

"Mercury" Woven Heeled Sandals, ca. 1947-50
Salvatore Ferragamo
via The Met

"Mercury" Woven Heeled Sandals, ca. 1947-50

Salvatore Ferragamo

via The Met

Printed Cotton Summer Dress, ca. 1956
Horrockses Fashion
via MFA

Printed Cotton Summer Dress, ca. 1956

Horrockses Fashion

via MFA

Dinner Suit, 1950

Charles James

via The Met

Rouched Evening Dress, ca. 1970s

Alix Barton for Madame Grès

via The Met

Metallic Embroidered Evening Coat, ca. 1927

Coco Chanel

via The Met

Wool Coat and Chiffon Day Dress, 1929

Coco Chanel

via The Met

Sequined Negligée, ca. 1898-1902

Callot Soeurs

via The Met

Lace Trimmed Negligée, ca. 1929

Boué Soeurs

via The Met

Silk Chiffon Negligée, 1939

via The Met

Beaded Chiffon Negligée, 1918

via The Met