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Norman Norell collectionScrapbooks (KA0035.03) ➔ Black Velvet "Necklace Dress" with Jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels

Photographic Material

Related people/organizations

Norman Norell (designer)
Traina-Norell (Firm) (designer)
Van Cleef & Arpels (designer)



Work Type

photographic prints


8 in (width) x 10 in (height)


Traina-Norell evening dress worn with opera-length gloves. A newspaper article featuring this exact photograph indicates that the dress was known as the "necklace dress" since it "calls for elegant jewels to complete its lines." The diamond jewelry shown on the model, including a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and hair clips, is by Van Cleef & Arpels. The article also indicates that this is a black velvet hourglass sheath dress with a bustle back, which can partially be seen from this image. The photograph was part of a larger scrapbook that can now be found in Box OSx-1, Folder 11, along with the newspaper article in which it was featured.


"Gem Halter." New York World Telegram, November 12, 1945.

Related Terms

Kellen Design Archives


box 4, folder 2



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