KCIDigital Archives

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Evening Coat

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Richard Haughton

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Evening Coat

1912 Summer

Jeanne Paquin
Paquin PARIS 3 Rue de la Paix LONDON 39 Dover Street ETE 1912
Blue silk charmeuse satin and black silk chiffon; collar of silk chiffon; embroidery of Japanese-like flowers and waves.
Inventory Number(s)
AC9110 94-9

A shawl-style coat cut from a single piece of fabric. The incision in the center of the fabric combined with the black silk chiffon trimming around the collar creates a nukiemon style, or exposed-neck look. This type of garment is typical of Jeanne Paquin, who sought to achieve both beauty and comfort.
From 1910 to around 1913, many maisons created coats in a generous swing back style, a design feature of which was an exposed neck, as though influenced by the nukiemon look of Japanese kimono.