Evening Gown | c. 1890 

Jacques Doucet | c. 1900-05

Worn by a lady of society during her afternoon calls, this dress is an excellent representation of the complexity of surface decoration and lace treatment which are quintessential Belle Époque devices denoting opulence and luxury. The treatment of the velvet is exemplary, for such an advanced technique as impressed velvet would only be available to French couture houses. The jacket and bodice are quite becoming, as the blousing of the underbodice creates a bolero effect which was a prevalent style during this period. (The Metropolitan Museum) 

Ball Gown | c. 1854

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress | c. 1868

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Worth | c. 1872

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Dress | c. 1880

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Design for the House of Paquin | c. 1907

This white day outfit was designed for the Summer collection of 1907. The skirt is decorated with a striking motif of vitruvian scrolls and the high waisted jacket is tied with a red clasp. The model is wearing an elaborate black hat with blue feathers on it.

The word ‘Gazouillis’ is inscribed in the top right hand corner. It may refer to the outfit or the collection for which it was designed.

Tea Gown | c. 1900

via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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dress ca. 1892-1893 via The Cincinnati Art Museum

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