Exhibitions: American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection

Paul Poiret: Evening Dress

Paul Poiret's early designs were revolutionary because the upright, columnar silhouette differed markedly from the prevailing S-curve line. One of his signature decorative techniques was to use folkloric textiles and trims that he collected in his travels. Here the collar and cuffs are fashioned from a traditional French pleated linen bonnet. Ribbons like those adorning festive folk costume encircle the raised waistline.