Gown (fourreau), anonymous, c. 1910
Thanks to the designer Paul Poiret tubular dresses became fashionable from 1906. In French this slender silhouette is called fourreau, or sheath. The purple taffeta divides this dress into three parts and creates the illusion of short sleeves. All of this is typical for 1910, as are the voluminously rendered flowers. They are not embroidered flatly, but fashioned of tiny loops and knots.