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Before the likes of Chanel and Schiaparelli came Paul Poiret, a couturier known for his theatrical styles inspired by Orientalism and the Ballet Russes.

Before the likes of Chanel and Schiaparelli came Paul Poiret, a couturier known for his theatrical styles inspired by Orientalism and the Ballet Russes.

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Dress called "Strozzi" by Paul Poiret. Photo appeared in the April, 1911 edition of "Art and Decoration." Photo by Edward Steichen.

Dress called "Strozzi" by Paul Poiret. Photo appeared in the April, 1911 edition of "Art and Decoration." Photo by Edward Steichen.

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23

1913 - Poiret. Silk.

1913 - Poiret. Silk.

1924-1925 silk dress by Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944), via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1924-1925 silk dress by Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944), via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret (1879-1944)

Paul Poiret

Poiret's "La Perse" coat, 1911. Textile design by Raoul Dufy. Considwe the fabric, uae folkware pattern.

Poiret's "La Perse" coat, 1911. Textile design by Raoul Dufy. Considwe the fabric, uae folkware pattern.

* Mantle   Wool, lined with silk chiffon, hand-sewn ca. 1913 Paul Poiret This mantle is made of bright yellow wool and lined with black chiffon. Based on a deconstructed kimono, it is composed of two rectangles folded on the shoulders and joined on one side with a stylised bow. It illustrates how Poiret was able to combine with rare harmony the bold colours of Fauvism, the vision of Cubism and the exoticism of Eastern garments. The striking costumes of the Ballets Russes had made Fauvism…

Mantle

* Mantle Wool, lined with silk chiffon, hand-sewn ca. 1913 Paul Poiret This mantle is made of bright yellow wool and lined with black chiffon. Based on a deconstructed kimono, it is composed of two rectangles folded on the shoulders and joined on one side with a stylised bow. It illustrates how Poiret was able to combine with rare harmony the bold colours of Fauvism, the vision of Cubism and the exoticism of Eastern garments. The striking costumes of the Ballets Russes had made Fauvism…

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