Court presentation ensemble

Design House Boué Soeurs French
Designer Sylvie Boué de Montegut French
Designer Jeanne d'Etreillis French

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The robe de style silhouette, with its structural panniers augmenting the sides, is rendered by the Boué Soeurs as a light, flickering system of sheer, partially see-through layers rather than the hard carapace of eighteenth-century dresses. Whereas petticoats and inner structures of eighteenth-century clothing were solid and more or less rigid, the Boué Soeurs dress, despite the resemblance in silhouette, reveals its twentieth-century disposition in its lingerie-like revealing lightness, like the merest trellis for an arbor of silk flowers. A penchant for sweet, three-dimensional buds is, of course, shared by the rococo and the Boué Soeurs

Court presentation ensemble, Boué Soeurs (French, 1897–1957), (a, c, d) silk, metallic threads; (b) silk; (e) feathers, plastic (cellulose nitrate), French

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