- Jacques Doucet (fashion designer)
Jacques Doucet (1853 - 1929) was a French
fashion designer, known for his elegant dresses, made with flimy translucent materials in superimposing pastel colors.
He was born in
Parisin 1853 to a prosperous family whose lingerieand fine linensbusiness, Doucet Lingerie, had flourished in the Rue de la Paixsince 1816. In 1871, Doucet opened a salon selling ladies apparel. An enthusiastic collector of eighteenth-century furniture, objets d'art, paintingsand sculptures, many of his gowns were strongly influenced by this opulent era. A designer of taste and discrimination, Doucet valued dignity and luxury above novelty and practicality and therefore gradually went out of popularity during the 1920s. By far his most original designs were those he created for actressesof the time. Cecile Sorel, Rejaneand Sarah Bernhardt(for whom he designed her famous white costumein L'Aiglon) all often wore his outfits, both on and off the stage. For the aforementioned actresseshe reserved a particular style, one which consisted of frills, sinuous curving lines and laceruffles the colorsof faded flowers.
A passionate collector of
artand literaturethroughout his life, by the time of his deathhe had a magnificent collection of Post-Impressionistand Cubistpaintings (including " Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", which he bought direct from Picasso's studio), as well as two librariesof manuscripts by contemporary writers, both of which he left to the French nation.
While little-remembered today, in his time he was equalled to the likes of
Charles Worthand Jeanne Paquinand even now is remembered by fashionhistorians as one of the great old masters of fashiondesign.
* [http://www.designerhistory.com/historyofashion/doucet.html Jacques Doucet Biography]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Jacques Douce (Fashion Designer) — Jacques Doucet was a fashion designer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He opened his house of couture in 1875.References* http://www.victoriana.com/GazetteduBonTon/designerdresses.html … Wikipedia
Jacques Doucet — may refer to:* Jacques Doucet (fashion designer) (1853 1929), French fashion designer * Jacques Doucet (painter) (1924 1994), French surrealist painter * Jacques Doucet (sportscaster) (born 1940), longtime play by play announcer for the Montreal… … Wikipedia
Doucet — For the wine grape that is also known as Doucet, see Chasselas. Doucet family crest Doucet is a French language surname, especially popular in Canada, the former area of Acadia in particular (now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island,… … Wikipedia
1910s in fashion — Fashion in the years 1910 1919 is characterized by a rich and exotic opulence in the first half of the decade in contrast with the somber practicality of garments worn during the Great War. Men s trousers were worn cuffed to ankle length and… … Wikipedia
History of fashion design — The first fashion designer who was not merely a dressmaker was (Charles Frederick Worth) (1826–1895). Before the former draper set up his maison couture fashion house in Paris, fashion creation and inspiration was handled by largely unknown… … Wikipedia
List of fashion designers — American* Carlota Alfaro * Pegah Anvarian * Max Azria * Laura Bennett * Bill Blass * Bijan * Dana Buchman * Lane Bryant * Patti Cappalli * Hattie Carnegie * Shawn Carter * Oleg Cassini * Liz Claiborne * Kenneth Cole * Sean Combs * Laura Dahl *… … Wikipedia
List of World War II topics (J) — # J XX # J Malan Heslop # J. Aird Nesbitt # J. Allen Frear, Jr. # J. B. Stoner # J. Braid # J. C. Gilbert # J. Caleb Boggs # J. Carson Mark # J. D. Salinger # J. D. Tippit # J. Douglas Blackwood # J. F. Lehmann # J. Fraser McLuskey # J. Henry… … Wikipedia
Chronology — 50,000 BCE The first prehistoric human, Cro Magnon man, learned to survive in cold climates by fashioning clothing out of animal skins, tree bark, and foliage. Paleolithic cave paintings such as those found in Lascaux, France, indicate that early … Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry
Paul Poiret — (20 April 1879, Paris, France 30 April 1944, Paris) was a French fashion designer. His contributions to twentieth century fashion have been likened to Picasso s contributions to twentieth century art.Bowles, Hamish. Fashioning the Century. Vogue… … Wikipedia
Madeleine Vionnet — (June 22, 1876 March 2,1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the Queen of the bias cut and the architect among dressmakers, Vionnet is best known today for her elegant Grecian style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion… … Wikipedia