Extremely Rare Mariano Fortuny Cotton Delphos

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This extraordinarily rare dress is made of finely pleated white cotton. Few cotton pleated Fortuny dresses have been documented and survived.

Named after a Greek classical sculpture, the Delphos Gown was a simple column of vertical pleats permanently set in silk by a process never successfully duplicated.Fortunys delphos was an interpretation of the chiton, involving the introduction of his minute pleated fabrics. the columnar dress is either sleeveless, short or long sleeved, the neck is controlled by a drawstring and the sleeves can be closed on the shoulders by seaming or cording in a lacing with glass bead trim.

length 52"
Shoulder 4"
Armhole 14"
belt printed in terracotta

In the early 20th century avant-garde american dancers Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis wore Fortunys designs because of their interest in the body and movement ,and also their aesthetic appeal . Originally made to be worn as tea gowns for entertaining at home only, the delphos and peplos gowns were seen outside the home by the 1930s continuing the the trend to the present.

Belt and No Glass Beading
The pleats in the fabric allow the gown to expand to fit a range of sizes.
As renown specialists in Fortuny, Vintage Luxury is always interested in acquiring the finest examples of Fortuny including entire collections.
Place of Origin
Early 20th Century
Dealer Location
New York, NY
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Vintage Luxury
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New York NY 00000
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