‘Delphos’ dress by Mariano Fortuny

Made by Fortuny, Mariano in Venice, Italy, 1910-1920.

Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) was a Spanish artist and designer who registered many extraordinary inventions. His most successful patent was for the ‘Delphos’ gown, which he first designed in 1907. The finely pleated silk gown represented the classic, ideal form. It freed women from the constraints of the corset and now epitomises Fortuny’s style.

The ‘Delphos’ gown was worn in the early twentieth century by some of the most avant-garde women in Europe and America. Fortuny was to repeat it, with ...


Full length evening dress of finely pleated vivid green satin-weave silk. Constructed of four pre-pleated pieces, hand sewn together into a cylindrical shape with short sleeves and a wide, scooped drawstring neckline. Laced at neck, shoulders and sleeves with a cream silk cord which is weighted with brown and white Venetian beads.


1520 mm


Marked "Fortuny" at binding at inner arm hole
Fortuny, Mariano 1910-1920
Fortuny, Mariano


Purchased with funds donated by the Patrons of the Powerhouse, 1984
1 January, 1970

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'Delphos' dress by Mariano Fortuny 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 November 2017, <https://ma.as/169168>
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