Jeanne Paquin (1869-1936), fashion design, Paris, 1900. Museum no. E.349-1957
This is a design for a day dress for the Summer collection of 1900. The Model is wearing a sun hat and holding a parasol as was the custom for fashionable ladies at that time. The dress has a high neck, and an elaborate front decoration. This matches the diamond patterns found alongside the bottom part of the dress and the top part of the long tight sleeves. This design is an example of the dominating popular S-Bend silhouette present in fashion designs up until around 1908. In order to achieve this shape, the hips were forced backwards by the tightly laced corset worn at the waist - as a counter effect the woman's bosom was pushed forwards creating what some referred to as the pouter pigeon effect.