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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Paquin (French, 1891–1956)
Designer:
Mme. Jeanne Paquin (French, 1869–1936)
Date:
1905–7
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, silver, rhinestones
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Sarah G. Gardiner, 1941
Accession Number:
2009.300.1112
Not on view
Produced several years prior to the 1908 Hellenic designs of Paul Poiret, the raised waist and decorative references to Greek antiquity indicate this classical aesthetic and change of silhouette were in the air from 1905 on. As the leading house of couture druing the Belle Epoque, Paquin's promotion of this line would have been widely known to the public. The dress also incorporates signature decorative techniques such as velvet piping outlining peach satin ribbon at neckline and waist and the contrasting tones and reflections of silver, satin and velvet
Marking: Woven into petersham in yellow: "Paquin/Paris/3. rue de la Paix/London/38 Dover Street"
Handwritten on back of petersham: "64136/M.G."
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