Dress, c. 1910s, Mariano Fortuny

Delphos or Greek-style dress, designed by Mariano Fortuny, was introduced in Venice around 1907 and became the height of fashion. He was noted for perfecting a technique of pleating sheer silk and for his use of natural dyes. This gown has Venetian glass beads on the neckline drawstring and was worn by Ethel Sanford (1873-1924). Donated by Gertrude Sanford Legendre.

 

From the collections of the Charleston Museum, Charleston, South Carolina.

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Uploaded on February 7, 2012