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.
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