Joyeux anniversaire, Monsieur Poiret!

Paul Poiret, 1927. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris en Images.

Paul Poiret, 1927. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris en Images.

Not Poirot, Poiret, the Parisian couturier born on May 20, 1879. I wrote about him in an earlier post but kept discovering more images. (Librarians can never stop searching; it’s a madness.) I think it’s interesting to see how his designs changed over time. The peach dress from the 1930s has so little adornment compared to his richly decorated gowns from earlier in the 20th century but it’s one of my favorites. I think the decorated headpiece is wonderful, too.

red gown

Theatrical costume. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Date 1900 – 1944.

Evening Cap

Evening cap. Circa 1910. Embroidered with colourful straps of pongee, gold and silver brocade, pleated ivory tulle. Purchased by the municipality of Paris. The Musée Galliera – the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

Poiret dress Kremlin

Poiret dress, Saint-Petersburg, 1910s. Chiffon of white and blue colours, white crepe-de-chine, fleecy fur trimming of black colour, silver lace, metal thread, gilding, metal, glass beads, bugle beads, strasses, embroidery. Received in 1941 from the State Museum of Ethnography; till 1917 has been preserved in the Novo-Mikhailovsky palace in Saint Petersburg. The State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg.

Poiret trousers 1927

Evening dress trousers, 1926. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris en Images.

Evening dress, circa 1930. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Anthony Wilson, 1963

Evening dress, circa 1930. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Anthony Wilson, 1963

Poiret VA

Mantuea, circa 1913. Woollen cloth, chiffon. The Victoria and Albert Museum of London.

Poiret dress, 1931. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris en Images.

Poiret dress, 1931. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. Paris en Images.

Textile, ca. 1923. Manufacturer La Maison Martine. Printed linen. Purchase, Edward C. Moore, Jr. Gift, 1923

Textile, ca. 1923. Manufacturer La Maison Martine. Printed linen.
Purchase, Edward C. Moore, Jr. Gift, 1923

Monsieur Hercule Poirot will have his turn, too.

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One thought on “Joyeux anniversaire, Monsieur Poiret!

  1. Monsieur Poiret’s designs are exquisite! I am tempted to ditch the sewing machine and make all my clothes by hand – might take a while! Thanks for your blog – i love your posts.

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