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Gallenga Couture Metallic Stenciled Red Velvet Angel-Sleeve Trained Gown, 1920s


Breathtaking Maria Monaci Gallenga Couture trained gown dating back to the early 1920's. The textile art of Gallenga is often compared to that of Mariano Fortuny because they both produced hand-stenciled designs that drew inspiration from the distant past. Gallenga became the mentor of the Italian Futurists and in 1925 exhibited in the Italian Pavilion, winning the Grand Prix for stenciled textiles. I adore the metallic stenciled medieval novelty pattern throughout. The care to place this garment together must have taken weeks. The luxurious heavily-pleated collar and waistband create a beautiful regal effect. My favorite detail is the dramatic winged angel-sleeves which Gallenga was known for. Throughout her career, she remained true to her original formula for stenciling on silk-velvet. She used as many as nine tones of gold and silver pigment to achieve the desired ombré shading. The metallic pigment does not tarnish or flake off, thanks to a special formula devised by Gallenga's husband, a Professor at the University of Rome. Examples of her work are extremely rare and found in world-renowned museum archives. Measurements Bust:33-34 inches Waist:27 inches Hips:up to 42 inches Sleeve Length:27 inches Total Length:59 inches (not including train) This rare Gallenga Couture gown is in excellent condition with no serious rips, stains or discoloration.The workmanship is immaculate and all hand-finished. Perfectly working side metal-snaps. Only signs of age are two professional hole repairs and slight dirt marks to the back train. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.


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    D 59 in.

    D 149.86 cm

  • Bust
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Waist
    27 in. (68.58 cm)
  • Length
    59 in. (149.86 cm)
  • Seller location
    Beverly Hills, CA
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