KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Day Dress

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

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Day Dress

c. 1903

Jeanne Paquin
Paquin Paris London
Black silk chiffon and velvet; large collar of net lace decorated with grape motif of black velvet and embroidery.
Inventory Number(s)
AC10092 99-14-5AB

The hanging grape cluster decorations match the flowing dress lines. During the Art Nouveau period, motifs of organic natural objects were favored and often used as clothing ornaments.
In 1891, Jeanne Paquin (1869–1936), who opened her fashion house in Paris, she quickly opened a branch at London (1896), and served as president of the fashion section for the Paris International Exposition in 1900. Her fashion house had a lingerie section and a large-scale fur section as well.