Shoes worn by Dame Nellie Melba, 1920,s. Born Helen Mitchell in Melbourne, Australia (she took her stage name from the city), she rose to become a fixture at London's Covent Garden and other great international houses for three-plus decades until her retirement in 1926
Brown wool and silk suit with fur trim, French, 1920. This suit represents the quintessential style of the 1920s and marks a transitional moment in fashion, as the silhouette changed. Perhaps the most defining characteristic is the large, standing and wrapping collar, also known as the "chin chin collar." Collars such as this were given this name as a reference to similar Chinese styles. This is a very high quality piece, complete with refined lining and detailed buttons.
Slip Date: 1920s Culture: American or European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Alice Raphael, 1945 (Donor does not want name mentioned in Museum publicity) Accession Number: C.I.45.134.5
A JEANNE LANVIN ROBE DE STYLE OF WHITE ORGANZA, UNLABELLED, CIRCA 1922-3, sold by Christie's in November 2012. The dress with wide, panniered skirts and simple bodice trimmed with a posy of silk flowers. Illustrated here by a gouache from Lanvin's daybook for 1922-1923 courtesy of Archives Lanvin, inscribed with the name of 'Betty Daussemond', noted actress of the 1920s.