Paquin Model of Moire Crepe Gilda. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque cocktail dress by couturier Jeanne Paquin.

Paquin Model of Moire Crepe Gilda.

Paquin Model of Moire Crepe Gilda. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Moire Crepe Gilda shell pink satin, trims underskirt and point on waist. Black bone buttons studded with rhinestones down centre of skirt. Belt of moire. SheII pink chiffon over white satin. Black chiffon drapes back and shoulder with a fold on sleeves of cuff. Collar of shell pink satin.

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

Note:  England 1880's men's and milady's fashion. Late Victorian costumes.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

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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