This insanely lavish evening dress is perhaps the ultimate expression of the ball gown as it was imagined in 1900. The dress was designed by couturier Jacques Doucet in 1902 and resides in the Metropolitan Museum of New York, though it is not on display, probably due to the fragility of its material. Why is this fabric fragile? Its heavy, really, really, heavy.
What is this amazing thing made of? Its cloth of gold, children, the real deal, straight up. Yup, silk threads are wound with incredibly fine gold wire to create the finish thread which is then woven as normal. Only the amazing malleability of gold makes this possible. Other metals wound about a thread core would break quickly, or be far too stiff to work as a woven textile.