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Mantle | Spain, 1804-1807 | Materials: silk, metal thread | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Mantle

Paul Poiret mantle, 1913. '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.' PAUL POIRET

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Napoleon's burnous. Captured from Napoleon's carriage after Waterloo; presented to George IV by Marshal Blucher. 1820.

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Evening dress, 1855-1860, British, silk and linen. From the shoulder to hem 136.5 cm. Lovely and elegant mantle-style bodice with sculpting and trim repeated on the flounces. Excellent Victorian example of the pure, sweet, princess look. From the Leeds Museums and Galleries Collections.

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Mantle, Evening. House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Date: late 1890s. Culture: French. Medium: silk. Dimensions: Length at CB: 61 1/2 in. (156.2 cm).

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