Pastel colours combined with textured decoration were very fashionable in the early 1900s. This walking costume by Paquin shows how designers of the period lavishly adorned plain cloth with a variety of rich trimmings. Skilled seamstresses in the embroidery workshop would have applied the narrow braid with great precision. This ensured that the design achieved a perfect balance between the plain and decorated areas.


  • Title: Sybille
  • Creator: Paquin, Jeanne
  • Date Created: 1907
  • Location: Paris
  • Provenance: Given by Miss H. Carrington
  • Medium: Embroidered wool, satin, silk, lined, metal, boned

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