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Jacques Doucet was first, and foremost, a connoisseur of art. Additionally, his passion for the refined and exquisite overflowed into his dealings with fashion, making him one of the finest French couturiers during the Belle Époque

Jacques Doucet Ball Gown 1898-1900. Simplistic in design, yet extravagant by the choice of materials used. The sheer overlayer is enhanced by the solid lamé underlayers and a sense of luxury is added by the hidden lace flounce at the hem. Undoubtedly, a woman would make an entrance in this dress, as it is extremely seductive with its form fitting silhouette and low décolleté.

Dress (Ball Gown) Jacques Doucet (French, Paris 1853–1929 Paris) Date: 1898–1900 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 17 in. (43.2 cm) Length at CB (b): 76 in. (193 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Daniel M. McKeon and Robert Hoguet, Jr., 1965

Jacques Doucet, Evening dress. Date: ca. 1906-7. Culture: French. Medium: silk. Front view. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

detail of evening dress by Jacques Doucet, silk, ca. 1904, Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress (Ball Gown) by JACQUES DOUCET. 1898–1900, French. Medium: silk. Length at CF (a): 26 x 24.1 cm. Length at CF (b):109.2 x CB: 152.4 x WAB: 185.4 cm. Waist: 55.9 cm.

Dress (Ball Gown) Jacques Doucet (French, Paris 1853–1929 Paris) Date: 1898–1900 Culture: French Medium: silk