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Fashion design

Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (designed)
    New York (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    1913-14 (designed)
    1950s (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Erté, born 1892 - died 1990 (artist)
    Paul Poiret, born 1879 - died 1944 (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Gilbert Russell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 93

Physical description

One of 22 designs for women's dresses. Evening dress with train.

Place of Origin

Paris (designed)
New York (possibly, drawn)


1913-14 (designed)
1950s (drawn)


Erté, born 1892 - died 1990 (artist)
Paul Poiret, born 1879 - died 1944 (designed for)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on verso: '66 Ridou'.


Height: 23.5 cm, Width: 7.6 cm

Object history note

Most of Erté's designs for Poiret (for whom he worked in 1913-14) are unsigned, as Poiret himself used to sign the works of his employees. The designs listed here were recognised and drawn by Erté much later, in the 1950s. Adrienne Ridou, whose name is repeated on the drawings, was the leading dressmaker at Poiret's and carried out Erté's designs.

Descriptive line

Erté for Paul Poiret. Evening dress with train. Designed in Paris, 1913-14, but drawn in 1950s probably in New York.

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

Salmina-Haskell, L., Catalogue of Russian Drawings, London: V & A, 1972, pp. 14-15, cat. 35.




Drawing; Watercolour


Fashion; Designs; Women's clothes; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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