Martial & Armand Lace Evening Gown. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle Lace Evening Gown. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque costume by Couturier by Martial & Armand

LACE EVENING GOWN by Martial & Armand

Martial & Armand Lace Evening Gown. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Black maline. Lace flouncing. Tunic of flesh-colored chiffon covered with white renaissance lace. Belt and sash of shell pink satin, Rhinestone buttons trim front of dress. Pink chiffon waist with same lace as underskirt forms sleeves and bodice with a shawl drapery, collar of renaissance lace. Published by Haas brothers. Créateur couturier Martial & Armand.

Gallery: France Fin de siècle fashion. Haute couture costumes 1913.

Note:  Premet Model of Brocaded Trianon. Paris Spring Season 1913.

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Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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