Jeanne Paquin (1869-1936), fashion design, Paris, 1902. Museum no. E.740-1957
The pencil inscription 'Fabiola' is found in the top right hand corner of the design, this could refer to either the dress name, model or customer the dress was designed for. This outfit was designed for the winter collection 1903. 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.