Detail sleeve, robe à la francaise, England (Spitalfield's), 1760s, remodeled 1780s. Ivory ground silk taffeta woven with a narrow self weave stripe, with gently curving flower and leaf meanders in puce, shaded tangerine flowerheads, red berries and sage green foliage, alternating with small sprays of flowers in deep rose pink and ivory. Trimmed with same tufted silks and corded wire loops.
1910-1911 Evening Dress by Paul Poiret: silk satin dress with silk tulle overdress, embroidery of beads and metallic thread, tulle peplum. "...In 1906, when the S-curve silhouette was still overwhelmingly popular, Poiret introduced high waist corsetless dresses. He shifted the fashion trend substantially from 19th-century dresses in artistic forms with excessive decoration toward innovative clothing that accentuated the natural beauty of the human body..." | JV
Evening dress from Jays Ltd, c. 1908. Jay Ltd. Pinner says: The V calls this dress "transitional", and it's easy to see why. The skirt is clearly turn-of-the-century, as is the high, poufy bust, but the waist is high and the over all silhouette is straighter than the late Victorian, flirting with the idea of straighter fashions to come.