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Designer: Jacques Doucet (French, Paris 1853–1929 Paris)

Date: 1920–23

Culture: French

Medium: wool, silk, glass

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. W.G. Constable, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.15a–c

Not on view
Suturing skirt and top with dynamic crests, Doucet borrowed the energetic emblems of Cubism as devices for fashion. Abstract pattern makes sense on the figure only as a demonstration of Cubist energy. The cape's exaggerated asymmetry affords an exciting equilibrium, as does the dialogue between the forms of the pleated skirt and the flat blouse.
Marking: [label] "Doucet/Paris"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," April 8, 1997–August 17, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism and Fashion," December 11, 1998–March 21, 1999.