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.

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)

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, Kimono Inspired Robe, ca. 1913

Paul Poiret, Kimono Inspired Robe, ca. 1913

Paul Poiret - French couturier during the 1910's known as the "King of Fashion" to Americans, and was considered the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I Paris

Paul Poiret - French couturier during the 1910's known as the "King of Fashion" to Americans, and was considered the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I Paris

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923   (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923 (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Paul Poiret Designs, 1910. Poiret came from a textile trader family. In 1901 Poiret joined the house of Worth.

Paul Poiret Designs, 1910. Poiret came from a textile trader family. In 1901 Poiret joined the house of Worth.

Paul Poiret popularized the "lampshade" dress in 1913. Other designers then jumped on the bandwagon. From top to bottom: Poiret, Poiret, Paquin, Jenny, Abat-Jour, Premet, Poiret, Beer, and Laferrière.

Paul Poiret popularized the "lampshade" dress in 1913. Other designers then jumped on the bandwagon. From top to bottom: Poiret, Poiret, Paquin, Jenny, Abat-Jour, Premet, Poiret, Beer, and Laferrière.

1911 - Denise Poiret at the 1002 night party held by Paul Poiret

1911 - Denise Poiret at the 1002 night party held by Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret for Queen Maud of Norway ca. 1910 (Photo by operafantomet)

Paul Poiret for Queen Maud of Norway ca. 1910 (Photo by operafantomet)

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