1924 "Le Bal" shoes designed by Paul Poiret and manufactured by André Perugia, Stamp: "Perugia / BREVETE S.G.D.G. / PI-AVENUE NOTRE DAME-NICE" via MMA.

1924 "Le Bal" shoes designed by Paul Poiret and manufactured by André Perugia, Stamp: "Perugia / BREVETE S.G.D.G. / PI-AVENUE NOTRE DAME-NICE" via MMA.

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

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

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Dress called "Strozzi" by Paul Poiret. Photo appeared in the April, 1911 edition of "Art and Decoration." Photo by Edward Steichen.

Dress called "Strozzi" by Paul Poiret. Photo appeared in the April, 1911 edition of "Art and Decoration." Photo by Edward Steichen.

At the Met "Le Bal" Paul Poiret designed beaded shoes 1924 Detail

At the Met "Le Bal" Paul Poiret designed beaded shoes 1924 Detail

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23. Yet another improvement on previous images.

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23. Yet another improvement on previous images.

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. Sold at the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. Sold at the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

Fancy dress costume, 1911  Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944)  Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading

Poiret's "La Perse" coat, 1911. Textile design by Raoul Dufy.  Considwe the fabric, uae folkware pattern.

Poiret's "La Perse" coat, 1911. Textile design by Raoul Dufy. Considwe the fabric, uae folkware pattern.

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

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