Maria Monacci Gallenga Evening Jacket in Gold Painted Velvet (Attributed to) Circa 1930
Evening jacket with kaftan-cut in peacock blue silk velvet panne painted and printed with golden motifs inspired by the medieval period from the famous Italian seamstress, Maria Monacci Gallenga, around 1928/1930. Wide and fluid cut with long sleeves with open slashs from the elbow. Large tone-on-tone gold painted frieze on the rim of the jacket and sleeves with illumination and ironwork. Recall in triangle in the upper back. Lining in beige silk ottoman. Inside inscription on the right shoulder indicating Lucy Sully Bourdy, from the name of the Client for whom Mrs. Gallenga made this jacket. No label but definitely attributed to Maria Monacci Gallenga. Except a tiny halo in the lining of the back and light brown marks on the inside of the two sleeves (1 to 2 cm each), not visible when worn, excellent color and conservation.
Passionate about history, the Italian Maria Monacci Gallenga (1880/1944) is a world-renowned seamstress inspired by the Italian Renaissance. She began in 1914 in Florence and is famous for these evening dresses and velvet capes with medieval theatricality, which she invented a complex metal printing process. She opened the "Boutique Italienne" in Paris in 1928 and clearly participated in the modernity of the female figure in the footsteps of Mariano Fortuny in Venice and Madame Babani in Paris.
Dimensions: Equivalent French Size 36/38 Height 72 cm Sleeve 68 cm Shoulders 40 cm Collar 15 cm Chest 83 cm Waist 80 cm