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Evening ensemble House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937) Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1...

Evening wrap, 1954–55 Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Pink silk faille

Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944). “Steppe” coat, 1912. Black wool embroidered with blue, white, and gray silk thread; gray fox fur. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

detail - 1918 - Silk - drop-dead gorge

Man’s Coat and Waistcoat, ca. 1730. Probably French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Isabel Shults Fund, 2004 (2004.411a, b) | This elaborate coat is an elegant example of the luxury and craftsmanship of menswear in the first half of the eighteenth century. The full cut of the horsehair-stiffened coat skirt and the large cuff details are representative of the exaggerated proportions of the period. #OneMetManyWorlds

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (French, 1883). Coat, ca. 1927. House of Chanel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest and Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation, Hoechst Fiber Industries, in honor of Diana Vreeland, and Chauncy Stillman Gifts, 1984 (1984.30)

Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958). Dress, Evening, 1950. Townley Frocks (American). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Irving Drought Harris, in memory of Claire McCardell Harris, 1958 (C.I.58.49.4a, b) #reddress