'Palmyre' evening dress, Christian Dior, Autumn-Winter 1952–1953, Musée Galliera, Paris, gift of HRH the Duchess of Windsor
Christian Dior, 'Palmyre' evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1952-3, acetate and cellulose satin by Robert Perrier, embroidery of lamé thread, pearls, paillettes and rhinestones by Ginesty. Musée Galliera, Paris, gift of HRH the Duchess of Windsor. © Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet. From palaisgalliera.paris.fr.
Earlier this month The Getty Research Institute acquired a group of photos by the French naval officer Louis Vignes of Beirut, Lebanon, & Palmyra, Syria, from 1864 (taken during an expedition funded by the duc de Luynes). For more on the photographs and the acquisition see The Getty website.
Temple of Bel complex, Palmyra, Syria, albumen print, 1864 (negative by Louis Vignes, photograph printed by Charles Nègre). From getty.edu.
Triumphal arch and great colonnade, Palmyra, Syria, albumen print, 1864 (negative by Louis Vignes, photograph printed by Charles Nègre). From getty.edu.
19th-c. Photographs of Palmyra, Syria, on view at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Felix Bonfils, Palmyra, c. 1867-76, Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. From apollo-magazine.com.
Damascus Room, 1707 (AH 1119), Damascus, Syria, wood (poplar) with gesso relief, gold and tin leaf, glazes and paint; wood (cypress, poplar, and mulberry), mother-of-pearl, marble and other stones, stucco with glass, plaster ceramic tiles, iron, brass, H 671 x 509.2 cm, D (from front entrance to back wall) 804.2 cm. From Met, NY.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.