Anne & Thérèse (French)
The Met says: …The intricate and artistic beadwork that is used is of the highest quality and an example of refined French workmanship from the period. While the flapper style began as a style quite shocking, it developed into the look of the modern fashionable woman.
Material: Blue and brown striped printed silk taffta; bellows at bottom; sequins; ribbonstrap.
This bag made of printed fabric was popular in the period. The clasp and the sequins are metallic, and metal balls are attached at the ends of the fastening ribbons. After the Revolution, dresses became slim and pockets that women had used for small articles disappeared. As a result, reticules, small bags hung by a cord or fine chains, became popular. Most of them were made of fabric or knit, but in the early 1820s, metallic parts came into use for frames, clasp components, and decorations including spangles.
Mon Dieu que c’est beau.
sorry if my French fails
The V&A has this to say: This evening gown was designed by Pierre Balmain (1914-82), and may have been a debutante’s presentation dress. The gown is embellished with ostrich feathers, sequins and rhinestones.
Working such a light-weight fabric required great skill, and would have been commissioned from a specialist workshop such as Lesage. Balmain’s fellow couturier Christian Dior (1905-1957) explained, ‘a ball dress may be entirely covered with millions of paillettes, or pearls, each one of which has to be put on separately’.