Callot Model of Blue Crepe Chinois. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque costume by Couturier Callot Soeurs.

Callot Soeurs Model of Crepe Chinois

Callot Model of Blue Crepe Chinois. Paris Spring Season 1913. Afternoon Gown, Callot Blue Crepe Chinois, Satin underskirt to match with a deep fold of material draped over skirt held up with black silk tassels. Vest and under cuffs of cream net top lace. Black Satin belt and bow and white buckle. White Satin, Vest and front of skirt with buttons and buttonholes. White crochet buttons dotted to match material. Cocktail dress by couturier Callot Soeurs. Published by Haas brothers.

Gallery: France Fin de siècle fashion. Haute couture costumes 1913.

Note:  Jeanne Paquin Model of Crepe Chinois. Paris Spring Season 1913.

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Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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