P81

P81

Paul Poiret (1879-1944), Evening dress, 1913. Mauve and ivory silk satin and seed beeds. Museum Purchase. Object Number: P81.8.1. Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology ©2010 Fashion Institute of Technology

While evolving his neoclassical styles, Poiret also explored various Orientalist themes. The costumes for his 1002 Night party were Persian-inspired, and Mme Poiret wore harem trousers under a short hoop skirt. Her costume inspired the famous Sorbet gown of 1913 -- with its lampshade tunic decorated with pearl embroidery in sherbet colors of pistachio, pink, and mauve.