Haute Couture black silk satin dress by Agnes from the 1920's Paris. One piece dress designed to look like 2 pieces with jewelled embellishments along the shoulders, back and bodice. Extraordinary detailing with diamonte embroidery with pastel beading.
The underdress has dipping layered panels with a faux sash across hips. The Eygptian Revival diamonte and jade/rose microbeaded overblouse floats over the underdress. On the back 2 streamers fall from the back of the embroidered necklace motif.
Extraordinary workmanship as to be expected from a period Haute Couture Agnes dress.
Excellent condition. 1920s France.
Agnes was an Haute Couture house founded by Mme. Agnés ca. 1898.
From the October 3, 1898 New York Sun: â??MME. AGNES Formerly a designer of the house of Doucet, she recently founded a business of her own, which her superb abilities and abilities and her charming personality rendered instantly successful.â?? Her publicized clients included the Queen of Holland. Agnésâ?? models were sold in the US by John Wanamaker as early as 1898 â??1899. The earliest label found so far is c. 1910-12, and shows an address at 23, Rue Louis-le-Grand, Paris.
Agnés is listed in Lâ??Officiel from 1921 â?? 1930 as â??Agnés, Mme Havet Directrice 7 rue Auberâ??. In 1931, the house combined with Drecoll, which had previously merged with Beer in 1929. The new house was listed as â?? Agnés-Drecoll, Mme. Havet Directrice, 24 Place Vendomeâ?? until 1941. From 1941 â?? 1952, the House is simply Agnés-Drecoll.