Paul Poiret (1879-1944) was one of the great designers of the 20th century. Poiret opened his own house in 1904. He very quickly began to change the direction…
Ensemble, 1913 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Ivory silk damask, ivory silk net, and ivory China silk with rhinestone trim; ivory silk net with green and black silk gauze, applied tape and rhinestone trim; green and black silk gauze headdress with strands of rhinestones; ivory silk damask shoes. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Paul Poiret Coat “Mandarin” 1923 Black wool twill with chain-stitch embroidery of chrysanthemum, bird, and wave motifs; wing collar; lining of black “crêpe de Chine”. Like a picture, this wool coat is decorated with Beauvais embroidery all over. Fine chain stitch was used to create motifs of bamboo fences with chrysanthemums, cocks, pine trees, water patterns, clouds and waterfalls. The motifs are symmetrically placed in the Western style, showing Poiret’s eclectic trait very well.