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Ball gown

Designer:
Jacques Doucet (French, Paris 1853–1929 Paris)
Date:
1898–1902
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal, linen
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
2009.300.3274a, b
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 piece is an exquisite example of a lavish ball gown made by one of the grandest French couture houses of the period. The material used is of the finest quality, extremely delicate and dramatically embroidered. The cut of the bodice is quite seductive, enhancing the silhouette.
Marking: Stamped in gold on petersham: "Doucet/21. Rue de la Paix/Paris"
Tape label, written in ink: "11309" or "80711"
Brooklyn Museum. "The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet & Pingat," December 1, 1989–February 26, 1990.

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