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Evening Dress by Callot Soeurs

December 1, 2015

Object: Evening Dress

Designer: Callot Soeurs

Medium: Teal silk velvet with glass beading and metallic thread

Date: Circa 1926

Country: France

Credit: Gift of Mr. Alexander J. Cassatt

For December, the Fox Collection has chosen this beaded evening dress.  M. d. C. Crawford, editor of Women's Wear Daily, recalled "the leader of the world of fashion from around 1900 until after World War I was the Maison Callot."  Founded by three sisters in 1895, the house was famous for their intricate details and originality of cut.  Although, the house was no longer as innovative by the later 1920's, this evening dress is still magnificent in its use of color and rich Moorish style embellishment.