Brick-Red Silk Dress, 1925-1926
Brick-red silk dress with all-over print of various-sized white dots with bits of blue. Collar and cuffs in off-white crepe with pleated edges. Down front of dress and above sleeve cuffs are diamond-shaped cut-outs with pleated crepe backing and self-fabric button/loop closures. Entire dress constructed of zigzag and diamond-shaped fabric pieces, alternately flat or pleated; exceptions are at sleeves and shoulder yoke. Dropped waistline with double self-fabric flounce, very finely pleated. Accompanied by long strip of fabric, same as dress, 3-1/4 wide, that might have been worn as a belt, sash, or scarf. Dress has leather belt of slightly different color: wine red, with diamond-shaped silver metal buckle. Belt might have been stitched to dress at one time - threads are visible at waist level. Clothing label: Jean Patou/7 RUE ST. FLORENTIN/PARIS/ CANNES/MONTE CARLO/BIARRITZ. Numbers on label: 8541/117/76710.