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Creator Name: Poiret, Paul
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: French, 1880 - 1944
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Paul Poiret
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1917
Creation End Date: 1921
Creation Date: ca. 1919
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Outerwear-Womenswear
Materials and Techniques: silk, wool, fur, kid
Dimensions: L. at center back 51 1/2 in. (131 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: CI 61.40.4
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. David J. Colton, 1961
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
In the 1910s, Poiret introduced an avant-garde sensibility into couture. His penchant for opulent gestures, lush fabrics, fur, and feathers was part of his grandiose 'Gesamtkunstwerk,' inspired by stage and orientalist extravaganza. He was also capable of more subdued garments. In the case of this day coat, the leather of the appliqués is cut into delicate filigree and couched by hand onto the wool to create a graphic lattice of white over black. The cylindrical silhouette and standing collar suggest inspiration from Chinese or Near Eastern robes and coats.
AMICA ID: MMA_.CI61.40.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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