Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - July 28, 2011 #2

Dress of the Day: Poiret, Suit (1914): Contrast the Paquin suit below with this one by Paul Poiret. The slouchy fit part of Poiret's revolt against the corset, which he effectively did away with in his revolutionary designs. The checked wool, double breasted waistcoat, and cut-away jacket are clearly references to the man's suit. Notice the unadorned hat and exaggerated white collar and cuffs. The long, tight skirt is an example of the hobble skirt, one of Poiret's innovative pieces. It was short-lived as it impeded movement and made it nearly impossible for women to get in and out of cars.

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