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Dress | Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) | France, 1911 | Material: silk | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Dress | Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) | France, 1911 | Material: silk | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The most famous fancy dress party of the 1910s was held in Paris by the legendary designer Paul Poiret of the night June 24, 1911. Called “The Thousand and Second Night” and themed on One Thousand and One Nights, costumes were not only encouraged, but required. If guest arrived un-costumed, or Poiret determined their costumes did not fully support the party’s theme, they could choose to don a costume designed by Poiret or were asked to leave.

The most famous fancy dress party of the 1910s was held in Paris by the legendary designer Paul Poiret of the night June 24, 1911. Called “The Thousand and Second Night” and themed on One Thousand and One Nights, costumes were not only encouraged, but required. If guest arrived un-costumed, or Poiret determined their costumes did not fully support the party’s theme, they could choose to don a costume designed by Poiret or were asked to leave.

Paul Poiret Woman’s Party Costume Label: PAUL POIRET-a Paris-December 1913 31890 1913 Black silk gauze hooped over-dress with gold floral embroidery; belt with gold embroidery; gold fringe; gold lamé silk harem pants with ball ornament at side-hems.

Paul Poiret Woman’s Party Costume Label: PAUL POIRET-a Paris-December 1913 31890 1913 Black silk gauze hooped over-dress with gold floral embroidery; belt with gold embroidery; gold fringe; gold lamé silk harem pants with ball ornament at side-hems.

∴ Trios ∴ the three graces, sisters, triplets & groups of 3 in art and vintage photos - Poiret dresses, 1911

∴ Trios ∴ the three graces, sisters, triplets & groups of 3 in art and vintage photos - Poiret dresses, 1911

Paul Poiret popularized the "lampshade" dress in 1913. Other designers then jumped on the bandwagon. From top to bottom: Poiret, Poiret, Paquin, Jenny, Abat-Jour, Premet, Poiret, Beer, and Laferrière.

Paul Poiret popularized the "lampshade" dress in 1913. Other designers then jumped on the bandwagon. From top to bottom: Poiret, Poiret, Paquin, Jenny, Abat-Jour, Premet, Poiret, Beer, and Laferrière.