KCIDigital Archives

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Day Dress

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Day Dress

c. 1895

Gustave Beer
Gustave Beer 1 Place de l'Opera PARIS
Black bouclé silk; two-piece dress with "gigot" sleeves; collar and yoke of layered silk satin and twill with cut work and bead embroidery; crescent-shaped velvet decoration on collar and shoulders; beige silk satin visible through all-over slit.
Inventory Number(s)
AC7712 73-30-3AB

This is a Renaissance revival dress. The thick cloth of bouclé and smooth satin, the slits used effectively throughout the dress, and the decorations typical of the Renaissance revival all convey the nostalgia for the grand past which was felt at the end of the 19th century.
After Gustave Beer opened a house in Vienna, they relocated their base of operations to Paris in 1905. Gustave Beer kept hold of their foreign clientele, and introduced their works during the season at a famous hotel in Paris.