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Fortuny Delphos Dress, 1915 (Ref:X.C211.1998.0.0)

Fortuny's clothing designs made reference to patterns and styles of North Africa, the Near East and the styles of Renaissance Italy. Fortuny's "Delphos" dresses were inspired by Ancient Greek clothing and drapery and were made in a variety of styles, this is one of the earliest from around 1915. The method by which Fortuny pleated the silk for his dresses was patented in 1909, but despite many att…