Pierrots & Pierrettes Fin de Siécle
- Place of origin:
C., B. (designer)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Credit Line:
Given by the House of Worth
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 96, shelf D, box 17
A family of four shown at a party, all dressed in black and white Pierrot and Pierrette costumes. From left to right, a young girl in a black dress, ruff, cap and stockings, with white pierrot figures appliqued to the dress skirt; a young boy in traditional Pierrot tunic and trousers with pompons, a man in a black satin evening suit with knee breeches, his face painted white and wearing a black satin cap and white pompons as shirt studs, and a woman in a female version of the man's coat and shirt, with a large ruff and a white skirt trimmed with draping and white pompons rather than knee breeches.
Place of Origin
C., B. (designer)
Materials and Techniques
Object history note
This print is part of a very large collection of reference material including fashion plates, engravings, original drawings and illustrations that were collected by the fashion design house of Paquin at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Many bear the stamp of Paquin's archivist at the time. They were acquired by the V&A in 1957 when, following the closure of the combined houses of Paquin and Worth, the Worth/Paquin archives and design books were donated to the Museum.
Pierrots et Pierrettes. A family dressed as Pierrots and Pierrettes, shown at a fancy dress ball. Signed B.C. Fashion plate from Le Coquet, Paris, c.1890.
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
Lithographic ink; Watercolour
Fancy-dress; Fashion; Women's clothes; Men's clothes; Children's clothes; Children & Childhood; Hats & headwear; Interiors; Europeana Fashion Project
Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection