Fashion design

Idole; Été 1921

early 1921 (made)

Madeleine Wallis

Height: 48.5 cm page, Width: 29.2 cm page

E.3470-1957 PDP

Paquin (Madeleine Wallis). 'Idole.' White and silver brocade evening dress and black and gold patterned cloak with blond fur trimming. One of 119 designs for Summer 1921 bound in volume.

'Idole.' White and silver brocade evening dress and black and gold patterned cloak with blond fur trimming. One of 119 dress designs for Summer 1921 bound in volume

Madeleine Wallis became artistic director of the House of Paquin in 1920 following Jeanne Paquin's retirement. She remained at Paquin until 1936, the same year Jeanne Paquin died, when she also left and was succeeded by Ana de Pombo. During the Second World War, de Pombo returned to Spain, and her former assistant, Antonio del Castillo, was artistic director. In 1945, del Castillo left to work for the American entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden, and was replaced by Colette Massignac, who was at Paquin until 1949. Lou Claverie succeeded her, and in 1953, he was replaced by the American designer Alan Graham, who designed the last few collections for Paquin before its closure on 1 July 1956.

Given by the House of Worth

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 96, shelf C, box 60

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