Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Daniel M. McKeon and Robert Hoguet, Jr., 1965
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 dress is an example of extraordinary surface decoration and craftsmanship that was used during the Belle Époque by the great Parisian couturiers. The mixture of lamé and ten various metallic materials represents the pinnacle of this kind of work. While the dress is in poor condition, it is easy to envision a lady of society making a stunning entrance to one of the many fashionable events of the time.
Marking: Stamped in petersham: "Doucet/21. Rue de la Paix/Paris"