The Fontana Sisters, founded by sisters Zoë, Micol and Giovanna, opened their design house in Rome in 1943. They became an established Italian name and rose to the height of their success in the 1950s, dressing Roman aristocracy as well as film stars
House of Dior | Evening ensemble | French | The Met
Christian Dior made masterful use of surface embellishments for his evening dresses of the early 1950s. In this example from 1952, Dior's characteristic attention to detail shows in the refined placement and graduation of the embroidery and appliqué elements
c. 1930's by The Liberty Shop, 2220 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, that was founded by two Southern ladies Mrs. E.M. Ragan and Miss Emily Guelton in 1920, and headquartered in a mansion that still stands. In the 20's and 30's "Customers were required to make appointments in advance and when they arrived sent their cards via a parlor maid.
The chic styling of this evening dress incorporates the asymmetry of the period in the overpanel on the skirt. The contrast between the subtle scrollwork and the plain chiffon and point d'esprit is very effective