Jacques Doucet (French, Paris 1853–1929 Paris)
wool, silk, glass
Gift of Mrs. W.G. Constable, 1975
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.