Produced several years prior to the 1908 Hellenic designs of Paul Poiret, the raised waist and decorative references to Greek antiquity indicate this classical aesthetic and change of silhouette were in the air from 1905 on. As the leading house of couture druing the Belle Epoque, Paquins promotion of this line would have been widely known to the public.
1879 Silk Dress with glass beads. Labeled - Leroyer & Ducas/27 Boul. Haussmann, Paris. More views and additional accessories for this can be seen at http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/80035882#