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A10225 Evening dress, 'Delphos', womens, pleated, silk / glass, by Mariano Fortuny, Venice, Italy, 1910-1920. Click to enlarge.

'Delphos' evening dress by Mariano Fortuny

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, …


Object No.


Object Statement

Evening dress, 'Delphos', womens, pleated, silk / glass, by Mariano Fortuny, Venice, Italy, 1910-1920

Physical Description

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.


Binding tape at inner armhole, marked in black"FORTUNY" this is followed by two illegible characters.



1520 mm



Marked "Fortuny" at binding at inner arm hole


Credit Line

Purchased with funds donated by the Patrons of the Powerhouse, 1984

Acquisition Date

9 May 1984

Cite this Object


'Delphos' evening dress by Mariano Fortuny 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 November 2022, <>


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