Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Harry Angelo 1923 Model Gowns Installment #5, Martial et Armand

Here's tree more of the Harry Angelo Models of 1923, with a write up on the house. It was a prominent one in it's day, but like so many others is pretty much forgotten. There are a few photographs of actual garments on line in the Costume Institute/Metropolitan Museum database.

Martial et Armand
Martial et Armand appears to have been founded in 1896 at 13 Rue de la Paix and was described as a lingerie house. They were creating dresses at least by 1902, when their gowns were shown in Les Modes. M. Armand was the head of the house at least through WW I. The year for the move to 10 Place Vendome is given variously as 1902, 1903 or 1907. Often referred to as an important old house even in the 1920s, it was well established in the Teens, and mentioned as one of the top houses. The New York Times coverage starts in 1907 and continues through until 1932, .......

for more: Past Perfect Vintage

"Martial et Armand no 18
A three piece tailleur of Titian colored wool poplin trimmed with flat silk braid and soutache to match. The back of the coat, unlike the front, is cut off in short box effect and discloses an apron sash with ties in a bow. The entire dress is made of cloth and the skirt is finished with a wide apron panel in front. The sleeves of the bodice are short. "
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