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L'Opéra

  • Object:

    Colour lithograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    c.1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laviny (artist)
    Fattorini et Crespin (lithographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:

    E.22251-1957

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 96, shelf D, box 6

This is one of a series of eighteen lithographs created in Paris in about 1910 by a French artist who signs himself "Laviny". Their subject matter is of beautiful women dressed in fantastical and extraordinary costumes which represent various aspects of Paris. Whilst the outfits are ultra-fashionable in silhouette, they are very exaggerated and were probably not intended to be made up in real-life, but were made to amuse and for decorative purposes. The lithographs were printed by Fattorini et Crespin of Paris.

This plate represents the Paris Opera. The model is shown in a pale pink dress edged with laurel wreath design around the neckline, worn with a blue stole with a Greek key border and tassels. Although the dress follows the fashionable corseted silhouette of the early 20th century, it is based upon neo-classical draperies associated with ancient Greek statues and artwork. The dress features long hanging sleeves and a deep flounce to the skirt of sheer chiffon, revealing the model's lower legs in a way which would have been considered extremely racy at the time. A theatrical mask based upon a classical Greek design is attached to her shoulder, and her elaborate headdress features a golden lyre, branches of blossom, and two bird's wings.

Physical description

Colour lithograph showing an attractive woman dressed in an elaborate, exaggerated fancy-dress or theatrical costume representing a neighbourhood or institution of Paris. One of a set of 18.

Place of Origin

Paris (published)

Date

c.1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Laviny (artist)
Fattorini et Crespin (lithographers)

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

Laviny. "L'Opéra". Design for a fantasy costume representing an aspect of Paris. Published by Fattorini & Crespin, Paris. c. 1910

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

Materials

Lithographic ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Categories

Designs; Fashion; Fancy-dress; Women's clothes; Hats & headwear; Fashion plates; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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