Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Orme and R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson, 1949
Not on view
Jacques Doucet was first, and foremost, a connoisseur of art. Additionally, his passion for the refined and exquisite overflowed into his dealings with fashion, making him one of the finest French couturiers during the Belle Époque. The House of Doucet began as a family business, specializing in women's lingerie and laces, as well as articles of clothing for men. Founded in 1817, the company rose to fame under the hand of Jacques. The house was known for its luxurious offerings, which were worn and coveted by royalty, members of the elite society in both Europe and America, and actresses of the stage.
This evening cape of silk, lace and rhinestones is a grand outer garment, befitting its wearer. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson held a prominent place in New York society, and as part of her role, dressed in only the finest clothes. The voluminous layers are dramatic, the pink chiffon and the lace of the dress feminizing. The combination of multiple exquisite materials is a true hallmark of the House of Doucet.
Marking: Label: "Doucet/Paris" Handwritten in pencil on tape label: "81889"