This evening dress was worn by Anne Messel. It is made of gold tissue mounted on dark red silk with a bodice of flesh-toned muslin. It has a separate bodice which sits over the dress. The skirt of the dress is overlaid with gilt lace, reinforced with brown lace and studded with small diamanté studs. Metallic fabrics were highly fashionable during the early 1920s as was the straight cut, short length style of this dress. The dress dates to circa 1924; it is the earliest item of her own dress that Anne, Countess of Rosse preserved. This dress is part of the Messel Dress Collection, which includes six generations of one family?s clothes dating from 1870 - 2005.