Fashion

Edward Molyneux (1891 - 1974)

The British designer opened his couture salon in Paris, just after WWI and rapidly seduced Europe's high society and film stars with his easy to wear and perfectly tailored creations he later adapted to his war-time utility wear. He promoted the shaping of 1930s style with its floor-lengthened and narrow-waisted garments, backless evening dresses and fur collars.

Edward Molyneux, Evening Dress, Automn/ winter 1935 ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
Edward Molyneux, Evening Dress, Automn/ winter 1935 ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
Lady Abdy in Molyneux Outfit, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Lady Abdy in Molyneux Outfit, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Eleanor Sherwin wearing Evening dress by Molyneux, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Eleanor Sherwin wearing Evening dress by Molyneux, 1928 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Fur trimmed Molyneux dress, 1932 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Fur trimmed Molyneux dress, 1932 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Two women in Molyneux dress, 1930's © Blue Lantern Studio/Corbis
Two women in Molyneux dress, 1930's © Blue Lantern Studio/Corbis
Cecil Beaton, Mrs Reginald Fellowes, wearing a Molyneux black jacket with button button trim, 1941, © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Cecil Beaton, Mrs Reginald Fellowes, wearing a Molyneux black jacket with button button trim, 1941, © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Jacqueline in Molyneux dress and Scarf, 1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Jacqueline in Molyneux dress and Scarf, 1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Model wearing chiffon gown by Molyneux 1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Model wearing chiffon gown by Molyneux 1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Raymond de Lavererie, Molyneyx cape, 1934 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Raymond de Lavererie, Molyneyx cape, 1934 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Steichen, Model wearing beaded gown by Molyneux, 1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Steichen, Model wearing beaded gown by Molyneux, 1931 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Models wearingSpanish-Style dresses by  Molyneux 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
George Hoyningen-Huene, Models wearingSpanish-Style dresses by Molyneux 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Clifford Coffin, Lynn Fontanne in Molyneux gown, 1948 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Clifford Coffin, Lynn Fontanne in Molyneux gown, 1948 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Elsa Maxwell in sequined gown by Molyneux with birdcages, 1937 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Elsa Maxwell in sequined gown by Molyneux with birdcages, 1937 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Cecil Beaton, Madel wearing Molyneux Coat and Hat, 1936 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Cecil Beaton, Madel wearing Molyneux Coat and Hat, 1936 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Model in wool suit by Molyneux, 1938 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Model in wool suit by Molyneux, 1938 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Cora Hemmet in fur hat and Cartier, Jewelery, dress by Molyneux, 1935 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Cora Hemmet in fur hat and Cartier, Jewelery, dress by Molyneux, 1935 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Andre Durst, Model in sheath dress by Molyneux, 1936 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Andre Durst, Model in sheath dress by Molyneux, 1936 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Cecil Beaton, Gertrude Lawrence in woll Suit by Molyneyx, 1937 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Cecil Beaton, Gertrude Lawrence in woll Suit by Molyneyx, 1937 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Steichen, Dinarzade in sleeveless dress by Molyneux, 1924 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Steichen, Dinarzade in sleeveless dress by Molyneux, 1924 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Marcel Vertes, Tgree women in Molyneux capes and gowns, 1935 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Marcel Vertes, Tgree women in Molyneux capes and gowns, 1935 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Creelman, Three models in Molyneux ensembles, 1932 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Creelman, Three models in Molyneux ensembles, 1932 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
René Bouet-Willaumez, Lady Castkerosse in fur cape and Molyneux dress, 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
René Bouet-Willaumez, Lady Castkerosse in fur cape and Molyneux dress, 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Creelman, Three models in Molyneux ensembles, 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Creelman, Three models in Molyneux ensembles, 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Creelman, three women in Molyneux coats with fur collard, 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Creelman, three women in Molyneux coats with fur collard, 1933 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Geneviève Naylor, Models a sheer white Molyneux dress, Paris, 1946 © Genevieve Naylor/CORBIS
Geneviève Naylor, Models a sheer white Molyneux dress, Paris, 1946 © Genevieve Naylor/CORBIS
Leslie Saalsburg, Woman in Molyneux Coat at Polo Match, 1929 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Leslie Saalsburg, Woman in Molyneux Coat at Polo Match, 1929 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis
Edward Molyneux, portrait 1930's
Edward Molyneux, portrait 1930's
Edward Molyeux, 1939
Edward Molyeux, 1939
JC. Haramboure, Edward Molyneux, 1946
JC. Haramboure, Edward Molyneux, 1946
Edward Molyneux, evening dress, 1930's
Edward Molyneux, evening dress, 1930's
Carl
Carl "ERIC" Erickson, Molyneux, Evening dress, 1930's
Cloffird Coffin, Mr and Mrs Peter Thierrot, gown by Molyneux, 1930's
Cloffird Coffin, Mr and Mrs Peter Thierrot, gown by Molyneux, 1930's
Horst P.Horst, Lisa Fonssagrives wearing a silver lamé wedding dress by Molyneux, 1938
Horst P.Horst, Lisa Fonssagrives wearing a silver lamé wedding dress by Molyneux, 1938
Lillian Bassman, Lisa Foussagrives wearind evening dress by Molyneux, 1948
Lillian Bassman, Lisa Foussagrives wearind evening dress by Molyneux, 1948
Edward Molyneux, Evening dress, Vogue, 1939
Edward Molyneux, Evening dress, Vogue, 1939
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Edward Molyneux Evening Dress, 1934
Etienne Drian, Willy Maywald, Edward Molyneux, 1946
Etienne Drian, Willy Maywald, Edward Molyneux, 1946
René Bouet Willaumez, Evening Gown, 1938
René Bouet Willaumez, Evening Gown, 1938
Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1932
Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1932
André Delfau, Molyneux, 1945
André Delfau, Molyneux, 1945
 Philippe Pottier, Molyneux, Evening dress, 1947
Philippe Pottier, Molyneux, Evening dress, 1947
René Gruau, Molyneux, evening dress, 1946
René Gruau, Molyneux, evening dress, 1946
Carl
Carl "ERIC" Erickson, Molyneux Evening gown, 1937
Marcel Blossac, Molyneux, Evening gown, 1946
Marcel Blossac, Molyneux, Evening gown, 1946
Carl
Carl "ERIC" Erickson, Molyneux Evening gown, fur cape, 1937
René Gruau, Molyneux, 1945
René Gruau, Molyneux, 1945
Geaorge Saad, Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1935
Geaorge Saad, Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1935
Pierre Mourgue, Molyneux, Yellow chiffon dress, 1940
Pierre Mourgue, Molyneux, Yellow chiffon dress, 1940
Bernard Blossac, Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1946
Bernard Blossac, Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1946
Horst P.Horst, Sta-raw Hat Molyneux, 1936
Horst P.Horst, Sta-raw Hat Molyneux, 1936
Pierre Louchel, Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1947
Pierre Louchel, Molyneux, Evening Gown, 1947
René Gruau, Molyneux 1947
René Gruau, Molyneux 1947
Pierre Louchel, Molyneux, 1947
Pierre Louchel, Molyneux, 1947
Pierre Louchel, Molyneux, 1947
Pierre Louchel, Molyneux, 1947
René Bouet Willaumez, Molyneux 1948
René Bouet Willaumez, Molyneux 1948
Horst P.Horst, Mistinguett, robe de Molyneux, 1934 © Horst
Horst P.Horst, Mistinguett, robe de Molyneux, 1934 © Horst
Edward Molyneux, Evening dress 1926-27, The Metropiltain Museum  of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Evening dress 1926-27, The Metropiltain Museum of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Evening jacket, details, 1926, The Metropiltain Museum  of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Evening jacket, details, 1926, The Metropiltain Museum of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Evening jacke, 1926, The Metropiltain Museum  of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Evening jacke, 1926, The Metropiltain Museum of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Midsummer Madness, 1937, The Metropiltain Museum  of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Midsummer Madness, 1937, The Metropiltain Museum of Art collection, New York
 Edward Molyneux, Dress, Evening, 1949, The Metropiltain Museum  of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Dress, Evening, 1949, The Metropiltain Museum of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Pajamas (Lounging Pajamas), 1932, The Metropiltain Museum  of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Pajamas (Lounging Pajamas), 1932, The Metropiltain Museum of Art collection, New York
Edward Molyneux, Evening dress, 1939, V&A museum collection, London
Edward Molyneux, Evening dress, 1939, V&A museum collection, London
Edward Molyneux, Day Dress, 1942, V&A museum collection, London
Edward Molyneux, Day Dress, 1942, V&A museum collection, London
Edward Molyneux, Jacket, 1936, V&A museum collection, London
Edward Molyneux, Jacket, 1936, V&A museum collection, London
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