Elsa Martinelli in embroidered satin evening gown, photo by Elsa Haertter in foyer of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, 1954

Elsa Martinelli in embroidered satin evening gown, photo by Elsa Haertter in foyer of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, 1954

1957 Simone in blue silk faille ball gown, skirt trails in the back from shorter hem in front, bodice is fastened by two bow knots in back, by Jean Patou,

1957 Simone in blue silk faille ball gown, skirt trails in the back from shorter hem in front, bodice is fastened by two bow knots in back, by Jean Patou,

1953

Stella Maret in beautiful satin strapless evening gown by Jacques Fath, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1953

Owen Hyde Clark for Worth, Ltd. via The Victoria & Albert Museum

Evening ensemble Place of origin: London, England (made) Date: late (made) Artist/Maker: Owen Hyde Clark (designer) Worth London (designed for) Materials and Techniques: Satin and faille cut on the bias with pleating and draping Museum number:

Sophie Malgat in a strapless evening gown with yellow mantle by Biki of Milan, Paris 1952

"Mantle" = new fashion term for me. >> Sophie Malgat in a strapless evening gown with yellow mantle by Biki of Milan, Paris 1952

While only a few of Elsa Schiaparelli's clients would wear her most outrageous designs, she could clothe slightly less adventuresome sorts through her many commercial arrangements with American department stores and specialty shops.

While only a few of Elsa Schiaparelli's clients would wear her most outrageous designs, she could clothe slightly less adventuresome sorts through her many commercial arrangements with American department stores and specialty shops.

1954 Marie-Hélène in gala evening gown of silk-satin with crossed draped bodice and very full skirt, by Jean Patou, photo by Pottier

Jean Patou' s silk-satin ball gown, 1954 What color are you dreaming this in? Mine is in a pale pink.

Beaded Brocade Evening Gown, Italy, 1958, Augusta Auctions, MAY 13th & 14th, 2014, Lot 121

Beaded Brocade Evening Gown, Italy, Augusta Auctions, MAY & Lot 121 long red orange gold

Evening Dress Oleg Cassini, 1950's Timeless Vixen Vintage

Evening Dress, Oleg Cassini: American, shimmer satin and silk velvet, button-trimmed bodice, draped front sash "wiggle" skirt.

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