Dress called "Strozzi" by Paul Poiret. Photo appeared in the April, 1911 edition of "Art and Decoration." Photo by Edward Steichen.

Dress called "Strozzi" by Paul Poiret. Photo appeared in the April, 1911 edition of "Art and Decoration." Photo by Edward Steichen.

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Before the likes of Chanel and Schiaparelli came Paul Poiret, a couturier known for his theatrical styles inspired by Orientalism and the Ballet Russes.

Before the likes of Chanel and Schiaparelli came Paul Poiret, a couturier known for his theatrical styles inspired by Orientalism and the Ballet Russes.

Cape, Paul Poiret, 1913. Raspberry velvet, gray satin lining. Weasel (?) neckline, rhinestone clasp.

Cape, Paul Poiret, 1913. Raspberry velvet, gray satin lining. Weasel (?) neckline, rhinestone clasp.

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23  **I like the lines but would prefer a different Color/Pattern

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23 **I like the lines but would prefer a different Color/Pattern

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. I look like jaundice in yellow, but still love this.//like the two tone, higher neck

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. I look like jaundice in yellow, but still love this.//like the two tone, higher neck

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