Jeanne Paquin - fashion design

Jeanne Paquin - fashion design

Jeanne Paquin (1869-1936), fashion design, Paris, 1906. Museum no. E.1371-1957

This evening dress design, entitled 'Matilda', was for the winter collection of 1906. Fashion illustrators were able to create a stylised and highly fashionable 'S' shape, as shown here, with the swish of a pencil, but real women had to struggle to emulate it with long, tight corsets. Padding was worn to add fullness to the bosom and was even worn under the hair to add volume and height.