Costume and Textiles
Woman's Evening DressMade in France, Europe
Embroidery designed by Natalia Sergeyevna Goncharova, French (born Russia), 1881 - 1962. Made by the firm of Myrbor (Madame Marie Cutolli), France.
Silk with silk appliqué and metallic thread and wool yarn embroidery
Currently not on view
1980-29-1Gift of Mrs. Richard S. Davis, 1980
LabelThérèse and Louise Bonney's Shopping Guide to Paris (1929) describes Myrbor, a shop owned by Madame Marie Cuttoli (1879-1973), as "a changing exhibit of modern art," commenting: "If you like to see a Léger or a Lurçat or a Picasso on your walls, you will like to wear Myrbor clothes." Between 1922 and 1928, Myrbor offered dresses with appliqué embroidery such as this one based on designs by the artist Natalya Goncharova. It may have been embroidered by the Polish émigré embroiderer and sculptor Sara Lipska, who worked for herself and other dressmakers. The New York department store Bonwit Teller in 1926 offered copies of Myrbor's dresses, which they advertised as "Patchwork" evening frocks. From 1930 to 1936, Cuttoli focused on interior decoration and commissioned hand-woven rugs and tapestries based on designs by painters such as Matisse and Picasso.