This model, which combines pre World War I luxury and sophistication, is typical of Jeanne Paquin’s (1869-1936) style in its indulgence in tastefully coordinated pastel tones: reed green, pink and ivory. The tunic, open in front with slightly elevated waist and billowing sleeves, has a wide neckline framed by a scalloped lace collar. Beneath this are multiple layers of light rose silk tulle and the waist is highlighted with a diamond-shaped bodice belt of pink silk satin. The tunic itself consists of three lengths fabric: two long lateral pieces that are combined to form a loose billowing on the right rear and a knee-length piece at the rear centre. A rose bouquet holds the bunch of fabric. The skirt, with its high waist, extends below the pink-coloured bodice belt. On the left, which is open below the knee, one can see a petticoat of fine silk tulle trimmed in satin. Its front is made of an obliquely processed satin sheet that ends in a train at the back. This skirt, converging conically downward, reflects the high waist with siren line that was popular around 1912.


  • Title: "Boissy" Evening Gown
  • Creator: Madame Paquin
  • Date: Spring/summer 1912
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1994 Robert Millon, Paris; former collection of Mrs. Herbert Ward, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Proof of manufacture: Woven label recto: brown on beige, Paquin, PARIS, 3 Rue de la Paix and LONDON, 39, Dover Street; verso: 42395
  • Place of origin: Paris, France
  • Length: Tunic: fl. 110 cm/bl. 158 cm, skirt with train: fl. 117 cm, bl. 158 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Dress
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Silk taffeta, silk satin, silk organza, silk voile, silk tulle and silk Crêpe de Chine in reed green, ivory, pink and rose, cotton tulle, Trim: beige cotton, bobbin lace, rose appliqué

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps