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circa 1919

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (Spanish, 1871 - 1949)

In 1889, Fortuny settled in Venice and began to experiment with stenciling designs on silk velvet. Soon thereafter, he designed a tightly pleated silk which he transformed into his famous “Delphos” gowns inspired by ancient Greek sculptured forms of women and goddesses. These tubular silhouettes underscored the movement of the female form. Frequently, these dresses feature Venetian glass beads and hand-painted silk sashes. Fortuny often paired his Delphos dresses with elaborately stenciled silk velvet mantles, coats and jackets.

Place object was created: Venice, Italy

silk velvet

Measurements:    height: 62.5 inches    width: 43 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, donated by Mrs. Thomas Berry 1985.68.2

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