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Fashion design - Martha


  • Object:

    Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    mid 1897 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paquin, Jeanne, born 1869 - died 1936 (designer)
    Paquin Ltd (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink drawing with some watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 96, shelf C, box 1

Physical description

'Martha'. Woman in a grey walking dress, the jacket-bodice trimmed with black frog fastenings at wrist and facings, a pink waistcoat effect in front with a white lace high-necked chemisette. Vivid pink facings to collar and pink ruffles at wrists. Shown with a pink hat trimmed with vivid pnk roses and two black wings. One of a group of 85 fashion designs bound in a volume of Paquin designs for Winter 1897. Most in pen and ink with touches of watercolour, some with names, details, and fabric swatches attached.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


mid 1897 (made)


Paquin, Jeanne, born 1869 - died 1936 (designer)
Paquin Ltd (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink drawing with some watercolour


Height: 31 cm drawing average, Width: 24 cm drawing

Object history note

A nice, fully coloured depiction of a woman in a walking dress with frogging and a pink waistcoat effect, the grey enlivened with touches of vibrant pink and glossy black satin waistband and black frogging. This shows Paquin's use of colour and carefully restrained use of detailing to enliven an otherwise understated grey costume.
- Daniel Milford-Cottam, Feb. 2012

Descriptive line

Jeanne Paquin, Winter 1897. 'Martha'. Grey walking dress with pink waistcoat effect, matching pink hat.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964


Pen and ink and watercolour




Fashion; Designs; Women's clothes; Clothing; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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