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        Delphos gown (1871-1949)
The magnificent pleated silk “Delphos” dress was created by Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949), a Spanish-born artist who turned his attention to textile design in 1907. Working out of a 13th-century Venetian palazzo, he produced garments that were described as “faithfully antique but powerfully original.” The “Delphos” was a deliberate reference to the chiton of ancient Greece and meant to be worn without undergarments, since the chiton was itself a form of underwear, a radical suggestion during the early years of the 20th century. This earned it the description ‘lingerie dress’.

        Delphos gown (1871-1949)

The magnificent pleated silk “Delphos” dress was created by Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949), a Spanish-born artist who turned his attention to textile design in 1907. Working out of a 13th-century Venetian palazzo, he produced garments that were described as “faithfully antique but powerfully original.” The “Delphos” was a deliberate reference to the chiton of ancient Greece and meant to be worn without undergarments, since the chiton was itself a form of underwear, a radical suggestion during the early years of the 20th century. This earned it the description ‘lingerie dress’.

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