Fortuny, Mariano; Black Silk Delphos Gown
Black, silk delphos gown The technique for the pleating of Fortuny gowns is unknown. The shoulder seams are sewn seams (earlier gowns were laced) and on the underside of this shoulder seam there is a strip covering the seam allowance and attached to this strip is a bra strap holder, a short length of silk on a garment to keep the dress and the strap in place. The neckline in a black silk ribbon and acts as a casing for a thin black cord that runs around the neckline to add strength (for holding up the dress) and allows for some shaping of the neckline. The side seams are left open at the armholes and are then closed down to the hem of the gown. The side seams are decorated with round black and white beads, 34 down each side seam and 14 around each armhole, strung on a thin black cord and hand sewn to the seam between the beads.
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“Fortuny, Mariano; Black Silk Delphos Gown,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed April 12, 2021, http://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/3104.
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