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Fashion design - Cléo


  • 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

'Cléo'. Afternoon dress of richly textured black lace, the skirt and bodice cutaway to reveal a pale blue underskirt and high necked bodice infill with touches of lilac ribbon. Deep blue waistband accented with a blue flower at the front of the bodice. 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

Fashion note: This is an attractive drawing, fully coloured and worked. The combination of richly textured black lace opening in front to reveal a pale blue underskirt, high necked pale blue blouse with bands of lilac accenting the choker collar, and vivid blue waistband with a blue flower at the waist is a very typical design for Jeanne Paquin, showing her appreciation of fabric, colour, and subtle, understated detail to create a very graceful, elegant afternoon dress showing unusual but unobtrusive use of colour and appreciation of femininity.

- Daniel Milford-Cottam, February 2012

Descriptive line

Jeanne Paquin, Winter 1897. 'Cléo'. Black lace afternoon dress with pale blue underdress and deep blue waistband.

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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