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Evening dress

Date:
1920–23
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metallic thread, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. W. Allston Flagg, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.150.2
Not on view
The great innovations of Poiret had long been abandoned as he struggled to stay in business after World War I. The court style of a 1920s gown would once have been castigated as too conservative by the self-proclaimed "King of Fashion," but Poiret remained true to his interest in setting any garment into the flat and the sheer. Here, net and chiffon appear to dissolve or disintegrate as too fragile to maintain solid form. Of course, such a figure in motion would be worthy of a Duchamp or a Boccioni, the flicker and flutter of motion animating the dress and the movement of the body within.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Waist Not," March 30, 1994–August 21, 1994.

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

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