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Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (designed)

  • Date:

    early 1901 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rouff (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 96, shelf D, box 7

This is one of a group of 53 coloured lithographs published in Paris in about 1900 showing the latest Paris fashions. The series shows ladies's dresses designed by six leading Parisian couturiers of the time - Jeanne Paquin, Ernest Raudnitz, Madeleine Laferrière, Gustav Beer, Jacques Doucet and the House of Rouff. Each lithograph is printed with its designer's facsimile signature.

This design was created by the House of Rouff. Maison Rouff was one of the leading names of Paris couture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly known for their elegant and highly ornamented daywear. The business closed during the early 20th century. It was a separate entity to the Paris couture house Maggy Rouff, which opened in 1929 and closed in the 1960s, although the two are sometimes confused.

Physical description

One of 53 colour lithographs of women's gowns from early 1901. Bound in volume.

Place of Origin

Paris (designed)


early 1901 (published)


Rouff (designer)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

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.

Descriptive line

Unknown after House of Rouff. Design for an evening dress. Colour lithograph with facsimile autograph of the designer. One of a set of 53 showing Paris fashions for Spring 1901.

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


Colour lithography


Designs; Fashion; Women's clothes; Evening wear; Accessories; Fashion plates; Europeana Fashion Project


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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