Fish scales stood in for sequins on a dress that was “the latest to be worn by women,” according to notes accompanying this photo. The image arrived at the Geographic in June 1921 but was not published. It may have been acquired for the magazine’s January 1922 story “Certain Citizens of the Warm Sea,” in which author Louis L. Mowbray noted: “The writer has seen an evening gown made wholly of bonefish scales which was indeed a thing of beauty. The scales were bored and laid on a fabric base like shingles on a roof. The resultant effect was like that of the natural body of the fish.”

—Margaret G. Zackowitz, found at National Geographic

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