Fancy Dress Costume by Paul Poiret (1911)

traditional indian bride wearing bridal lehenga and jewellery

Costumes for Nymphs in L’Apres-midi d’un Faune Lèon Bakst Ballets Russes, 1912

Dress, Evening Date: ca. 1867

Poiret's "The Thousand and Second Night" (1911) party revolved around a fantastic evocation of the East. For the occasion, Poiret required his 300 guests to dress in oriental costumes. Those who failed to do so were given the choice of leaving or outfitting themselves in Persian-style clothes designed by the couturier, including the highly controversial "harem" trousers that formed part of his spring 1911 collection. Now THAT is a party.

Evening dress by Henriette Favre, 1902 Paris, the Met Museum

Poiret Oriental gown, Spring 1913. Sold at the Doyle couture auction, November 1999.

Evening dress, House of Worth, 1914. Silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vintage 1920s Dress | Paul Poiret 1924

Léon BAKST | Costume for a nymph c 1912 silk chiffon, lamé, metallic ribbon, cotton.


Dress, Evening Jeanne Hallée (French, 1880–1914) Date: 1911–15 Culture: French Medium: silk, glass

Evening dress by Jeanne Hallée, 1913-14, Paris, the Met Museum (front detail)

Gypsy Moon

Traditional costume of Russian aristocrats.

Evening dress by Paul Poiret, 1911-20, at the Kobe Fashion Museum. Photos courtesy of the Kobe Fashion Museum Blog and