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Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1912-14 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paul Poiret, born 1879 - died 1944 (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case DT, shelf 105

Physical description

Design for a stage costume or fashionable dress

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1912-14 (made)


Paul Poiret, born 1879 - died 1944 (designed for)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 14.6875 in, Width: 7 in

Object history note

Note by Mr. Huntly Carter - "When I was in Paris in 1917, I asked Bakst if he could tell me where I could get illustrations of the influence of the Russian Ballet on fashions in costume, furniture, & c. He told me that Poiret had made drawings of costumes actually worn in 'Scheherazad' and 'Cleopatra' in order to set a Russian Ballet fashion. . . . . Subsequently I saw Poiret at his big workshop in the rue St Honoré. At my request he gave me the two drawings which he explained had been made from the costumes actually worn by the Russian Ballet dancers . . . the signature means that they were done by one of the artist's designers by whom he was surrounded at the time."'

Descriptive line

H.M. for Paul Poiret. Design for stage-costume, or for fashionable dress, c.1914, inspired by the designs of Bakst for "Scheherazad"

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1933, London: Printed under the Authority of the Board of Education 1934




Watercolour drawing


Theatre; Fashion; Designs; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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