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Norman Norell collectionScrapbooks (KA0035.03) ➔ Flame-Colored Formal Dinner Gown with Diamonds 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)


One-shoulder formal dinner gown with a wrapped waistline. The silhouette is derived from the classic Greek chiton garment, which was typically held at the shoulder by a fibula, or brooch. A newspaper article featuring this exact photograph indicates that this chiton-sleeved crepe dinner gown can be made in flame or black fabric. The photograph was sent with a press release issued by the advertising agency N. W. Ayer & Son, Inc., which can be found with the accompanying photo in Box OSx-1, Folder 11. The press release indicates that diamond clips adorn the décolletage, and a diamond hair chain completes the classic Greek look (all by Van Cleef & Arpels).



Related Terms

Kellen Design Archives


box 4, folder 2




Norman Norell; Traina-Norell (Firm); Van Cleef & Arpels. Flame-Colored Formal Dinner Gown with Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels . 1945. Norman Norell collection; Scrapbooks (KA0035.03). New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 20 Oct 2019.

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