Woman's "Mermaid" Evening Dress

Designed by Norman Norell, American, 1900 - 1972. Sold by Nan Duskin, Philadelphia, 1926 - 1994.

Made in New York, United States, North and Central America

c. 1960

Metallicized plastic sequins on silk knit

Center Back Length: 60 inches (152.4 cm) Circumference (Bust): 32 inches (81.3 cm) Waist: 28 inches (71.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Ellen Biedlingmaier, 1975

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“In the evening you have to knock ’em dead with glitter,” proclaimed Norman Norell. His philosophy is evident in his most famous creations, all-over sequined dresses. Throughout his career, Norell made versions of these form-fitting gowns—which by 1952 came to be known as “mermaid dresses.” These expensive and eye-catching dresses are marvels of workmanship; each sequin was sewn to the silk by hand, taking up to 250 hours per dress.