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Woman's "Mermaid" Evening Dress

c. 1960
Designed by Norman Norell (American, 1900–1972) Sold by Nan Duskin, Philadelphia (1926–1994)
“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.

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