Ephemeral Elegance

Costume and Fashion History

Cotton Dress, ca. 1820

Served as an inspiration for a 1950’s muslin designed for Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., by Charles James.

via The Met

Gold Embroidered Ball Gown, ca. 1820

via V&A

Pearl Trimmed Ball Gown, 1811

via The Met

Chiffon Trimmed Silk Dress, ca. 1810-15

via The Met

Floral Embellished Evening Dress, ca. 1967

George Halley

via The Met

Silk Ribbons Dressing Gown, ca. 1938-40

Charles James

via The Met

Draped Chiffon Ball Gown, fall/winter 1953-54

Jean Dessès

via The Met

Chiffon Embellished Satin Evening Gown, ca. 1955
Jean Dessès
via Liverpool Museums

Chiffon Embellished Satin Evening Gown, ca. 1955

Jean Dessès

via Liverpool Museums

Gold, Abalone, and Pearl Necklace, ca. 1900-04

Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co.

via Tadema Gallery

Fire Opal and Diamond Pendant, ca. 1900
Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co.
via Tadema Gallery

Fire Opal and Diamond Pendant, ca. 1900

Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co.

via Tadema Gallery

Pearl and Enamel Art Nouveau Choker, ca. 1902

Karl Hermann, Hermann & Speck

via Tadema Gallery