This ball gown (ca. 1898-1900 by Jacques Doucet) is simplistic in design, yet extravagant by the choice of materials used. The sheer overlayer is enhanced by the solid lamé underlayers and a sense of luxury is added by the hidden lace flounce at the hem. Undoubtedly, a woman would make an entrance in this dress, as it is extremely seductive with its form fitting silhouette and low décolleté.
Lamé, a fabric which incorporates metallic threads and is known for its festive brightness, was often used in evening wear of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. The lamé used here is in relatively bright condition, allowing one to imagine its original effect of shining like liquid metal