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This textile is a "robe," a length of silk that was embroidered and beaded by the manufacturer in advance, ready for the dressmaker to cut out and sew into a "chemise"-style 1920s dress. Large-scale moderne floral medallions combine with an allover ground pattern found in many Chinese silks in this "robe."


Maurice Lefranc & cie
French, Paris
"Robe," 1926
Silk and rayon; net,
embroidered with sequins
and beads

Gift of L. J. Cella III



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