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Salvador Dalí
1904 - 1989
DESIGN FOR A FASHION CONTEST UNDER THE THEME 'THE WOMAN OF THE FUTURE'
signed Dalí and dated 1953 (lower left) 
gouache, watercolour, pen and ink, collage and pencil on paper laid down on board 
20 by 25.3cm., 7 7/8 by 10in.
Executed in 1953.
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Provenance

Toni Hollingsworth, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

Robert Descharnes & Gilles Néret, Salvador Dali, The Paintings 1946-89, Cologne, 2007, vol. II, no. 1031, illustrated in colour p. 464

Catalogue Note

Salvador Dalí’s belief that art should invade day to day life, led him to get involved in the world of fashion and design. Throughout his life Dalí designed clothing, costumes for the theatre and opera, jewelry and even interior furnishings. The designs of the lobster dress and the shoe hat, which Dalí produced in collaboration with the designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and the costume with drawers, which Dalí created with Christian Dior, are among his best known creations.

The present work is Dalí’s design for a fashion contest under the theme The Woman of the Future from 1953. The model dramatically posing with the dress was Toni Hollingsworth, one of Dalí’s great muses.

Due to the sheer size of Dalí’s creation Philippe Halsman, the photographer, was unable to shoot the dress in the streets and instead positioned Toni on the roof of the Roxy theatre in New York.

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