Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923   (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923 (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

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'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.

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.

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

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

"Mandarin" Coat, Paul Poiret, Paris, France: ca. 1923, wool twill with chain-stitch embroidery, lined with crêpe de Chine.

"Mandarin" Coat, Paul Poiret, Paris, France: ca. 1923, wool twill with chain-stitch embroidery, lined with crêpe de Chine.

Robe of French fashion designer Paul Poiret (1879–1944). Fruits fabric designed by French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) for Bianchini-Férier (1924). collection: Musée Galliera, Paris. via Spectacles Selection

Robe of French fashion designer Paul Poiret (1879–1944). Fruits fabric designed by French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) for Bianchini-Férier (1924). collection: Musée Galliera, Paris. via Spectacles Selection

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