Dress (a), evening-style, with net shoulder straps. Large pendant of pearls and beads hangs from neckline at front. Detachable train (b) of metallic brocade printed with birds and flowers in orange pink and green. Neckline, skirt, and train all edged with bands of blue green and orange pink beads.
Worn by Mrs. Potter Palmer II, née Pauline Kohlsaat.
"Is there a vast difference between a Callot dress and one from any other shop?" asked Proust's fictional alter-ego, Marcel. "Why, an enormous difference" replied his girlfriend, Albertine. "Only, alas! What you get for 300 francs in an ordinary shop will cost you two thousand there. But there can be no comparison; they look the same only to people who know nothing about it."