Jeanne Paquin - fashion design

Jeanne Paquin - fashion design

Jeanne Paquin (1869–1936), fashion design, Paris, 1908. Museum no. E.1618-1957

There is a pencil inscription 'Reginella' on the right hand side of the model. This could refer to the name of the dress, model or have some relation to a particular customer. The bottle green design is enhanced by the elaborate lace work adorning the cuffs and shoulder area of the dress. This design was created for the Summer collection 1908. This design if compared to earlier ones by Paquin, seems to show a straighter and slimmer silhouette which was becoming increasingly fashionable towards the end of the decade. The new high-waisted and shorter-skirted designs introduced by Paul Poiret were a main cause for this change. During their life time Poiret and Paquin remained fierce competitors.