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Court presentation ensemble

Designer:
Boué Soeurs (French, active 1899–1957)
Date:
1928
Culture:
French
Medium:
(a, c, d) silk, metallic threads; (b) silk; (e) feathers, cellulose nitrate
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. George Henry O'Neil, 1968
Accession Number:
C.I.68.48a–e
Not on view
The robe de style silhouette, with its structural panniers augmenting the sides, is rendered by the Boué Soeurs as a light, flickering system of sheer, partially see-through layers rather than the hard carapace of eighteenth-century dresses. Whereas petticoats and inner structures of eighteenth-century clothing were solid and more or less rigid, the Boué Soeurs dress, despite the resemblance in silhouette, reveals its twentieth-century disposition in its lingerie-like revealing lightness, like the merest trellis for an arbor of silk flowers. A penchant for sweet, three-dimensional buds is, of course, shared by the rococo and the Boué Soeurs
Marking: [label] Boué Soeurs/9 rue de la Paix/13 West 56th Street, New York
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