Falbalas and Fanfreluches Part 4: Fashion, Finally

Word and Image
April 2, 2015
George Barbier. Cover page. Falbalas et Fanfreluches, 1926. E.615-1954
George Barbier. Cover page. Falbalas et Fanfreluches, 1924.

This is the fourth and final instalment of George Barbier’s fabulous illustrations for Falbalas and Fanfreluches. While we did see some contemporary elegance in the previous three Barbier posts. it’s time to focus on his actual fashion designs. Unlike many other illustrators of the period, many of the gowns in Barbier’s drawings were of his own design, many presented in such a way that they could conceivably have been made up by skilled dressmakers and modistes. Barbier, whilst clearly a talented and imaginative designer, appears not to have explored becoming a couturier.

I hope you enjoy these fantastic frocks as much as I have enjoyed coming up with suitably fashion-journalistic captions.


Falbalas and Fanfreluches recommends fur and fringe for fashionable evening recitals.

Incantation, 1922


For fluttering on windswept days Falbalas proposes printed silk…

L’Air, 1925


The Falbalas girl swings her summer away in navy and white floral frocks…

L’Escarpolette, 1923.


Falbalas asks: how can Paris judge the loveliest of the three goddesses in gleaming golden satin?

Le Jugement de Paris, 1923


Surprise guests? The Falbalas girl throws on this little lavender robe de style to leap on chair seats in style.

La Souris, 1922-25


Spectating summer sports? Falbalas approves this little chiffon something for distracting polo players…

Au Polo, 1923


“Look at my sleeves!” cries the Falbalas fashionista, by way of fabulous farewell.

“Voici mes ailes!” 1922

You can discover more of George Barbier’s work on Search The Collections.

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