Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. Sold at the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. Sold at the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

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.

Abendkleid, 1915

Abendkleid, 1915

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.

Paul Poiret, Evening Coat, 1912-1914, Palais Galliera, Paris

Paul Poiret, Evening Coat, 1912-1914, Palais Galliera, Paris

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)

Paul Poiret. Opera Coat. circa 1924. Stunning cocoon evening coat of black georgette, hand beaded overall in lines of black beads switching to gray translucent beads with a geometric ragged edge formed at the color change.

Paul Poiret. Opera Coat. circa 1924. Stunning cocoon evening coat of black georgette, hand beaded overall in lines of black beads switching to gray translucent beads with a geometric ragged edge formed at the color change.

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923   (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923 (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Paul Poiret: Fancy dress costume (1983.8a,b) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret: Fancy dress costume (1983.8a,b) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art | My Fashion Illustrations

Paul Poiret at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art | My Fashion Illustrations

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23. Yet another improvement on previous images.

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23. Yet another improvement on previous images.

Denise Poiret, wife and muse of fashion designer Paul Poiret...1928

Denise Poiret, wife and muse of fashion designer Paul Poiret...1928

Judiy Oswall modelo de Poiret 1913

Judiy Oswall modelo de Poiret 1913

Mantle Wool, lined with silk chiffon, hand-sewn ca. 1913 Paul Poiret This mantle is made of bright yellow wool and lined with black chiffon. Based on a deconstructed kimono, it is composed of two rectangles folded on the shoulders and joined on one side with a stylised bow. It illustrates how Poiret was able to combine with rare harmony the bold colours of Fauvism, the vision of Cubism and the exoticism of Eastern garments. The striking costumes of the Ballets Russes had made Fauvism…

Mantle

Mantle Wool, lined with silk chiffon, hand-sewn ca. 1913 Paul Poiret This mantle is made of bright yellow wool and lined with black chiffon. Based on a deconstructed kimono, it is composed of two rectangles folded on the shoulders and joined on one side with a stylised bow. It illustrates how Poiret was able to combine with rare harmony the bold colours of Fauvism, the vision of Cubism and the exoticism of Eastern garments. The striking costumes of the Ballets Russes had made Fauvism…

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.

Mantle Paul Poiret, 1913 The Victoria & Albert Museum

Mantle Paul Poiret, 1913 The Victoria & Albert Museum

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