Paul Poiret, Kimono Inspired Robe, ca. 1913

Paul Poiret, Kimono Inspired Robe, ca. 1913

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Paul Poiret is a French designer who "freed the bosom, shackled the legs, but gave liberty to the body" with his corset-less designs with narrow hems.

Evening dress by Paul Poiret, 1911-1920, at the Kobe Fashion Museum.

Evening dress by Paul Poiret, 1911-1920, at the Kobe Fashion Museum.

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923   (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Paul Poiret , Afternoon Dress and Hat, 1923 (Dress) Silk crepe de chine and velvet with silk and metallic thread embroidery; (hat) silk with leather appliqué and metallic thread embroidery

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Fancy dress costume, 1911 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Seafoam green silk gauze, silver lamé, blue foil and blue and silver coiled cellophane cord appliqué, and blue, silver, coral, pink, and turquoise cellulose beading; L. (a) 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)

Paul Poiret's Minaret tunic originated from dress inspired by harem pants underneath a flared tunic.  | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret's Minaret tunic originated from dress inspired by harem pants underneath a flared tunic. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23  **I like the lines but would prefer a different Color/Pattern

Paul Poiret, Silk faille dinner dress, 1922-23 **I like the lines but would prefer a different Color/Pattern

Poiret's "La Perse" coat, 1911. Textile design by Raoul Dufy.  Considwe the fabric, uae folkware pattern.

Poiret's "La Perse" coat, 1911. Textile design by Raoul Dufy. Considwe the fabric, uae folkware pattern.

Evening gown (hobble skirt), made for Ellen von Hallwyl at Au Royal Quartier in Paris, probably in 1915, in the style of Paul Poiret. Blue velvet bodice with black tulle sleeves, embroidered in pink, blue, and white glass beads. Cream-colored silk skirt ending in train, with tassels of white glass beads. Black tulle layer over skirt, similarly embroidered. Hallwyl Museum, Sweden

Evening gown (hobble skirt), made for Ellen von Hallwyl at Au Royal Quartier in Paris, probably in 1915, in the style of Paul Poiret. Blue velvet bodice with black tulle sleeves, embroidered in pink, blue, and white glass beads. Cream-colored silk skirt ending in train, with tassels of white glass beads. Black tulle layer over skirt, similarly embroidered. Hallwyl Museum, Sweden

A Paul Poiret beaded ivory silk crepe de chine cocktail dress, circa 1927, Kerry Taylor Auctions

A Paul Poiret beaded ivory silk crepe de chine cocktail dress, circa 1927, Kerry Taylor Auctions

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