Designer Paul Poiret French
Textile designer by Raoul Dufy French
Department Store B. Altman & Co. American

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This printed-silk parasol represents the collaborative endeavors of the French fashion designer Paul Poiret and the artist Raoul Dufy. Together, in consultation with the chemist Zifferlein, Poiret and Dufy established a small printing workshop on the avenue de Clichy in Paris to produce a variety of textiles that were used in both garments and accessories. Their early experiments combined a bright Fauvist palette with the stylized forms characteristic of Japanese woodblock prints. Although Dufy was recognized foremost for his career as a painter, his textiles were so successful that the important French manufacturer Bianchini-Férier recruited him to work at the company’s maison for a brief period, enabling broader dissemination of his striking designs.

Parasol, Paul Poiret (French, Paris 1879–1944 Paris), silk, wood, French

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