Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret (1879 – 1944) was a French designer famous for freeing women from corsets, creating the first designer perfume, and using draping, rather than tailoring, in his designs. He worked in the early part of the 20th century, including stints at the House of Worth and Jacques Doucet. For an extensive article about Monsieur Poiret, see the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Timeline entry on him.

The black and white photographs below are from Paris En Images, and the last photo is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Paul Poiret's shop, dressmaker and French decorator. Paris, by 1925. © Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Paul Poiret’s shop, 1925. © Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Paul Poiret, Paris, October 1925. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Paul Poiret, Paris, October 1925. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Paul Poiret's coat-kimono. Paris, 1922. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Poiret’s coat-kimono. Paris, 1922. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Poiret dress, 1925. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Poiret dress, 1925. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Perfume bottle "Rosine" by Paul Poiret. Paris, about 1925. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Perfume bottle “Rosine” by Paul Poiret. Paris, about 1925.
© Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris En Images.

Coat, 1911. Paul Poiret. Textile design by Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953). Ivory and navy block printed velvet with brown fur trim and gold metallic mesh-covered silk closures.  Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2005.

Coat, 1911. Paul Poiret. Textile design by Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953). Ivory and navy block printed velvet with brown fur trim and gold metallic mesh-covered silk closures. Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2005.

 

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