Mme Jeanne Paquin was the first woman designer to open her own fashion house in Paris

Paquin day dress, Jeanne Paquin established a successful couture business that enjoyed unparalled influence during the first half of the twentieth century.

Jeanne Paquin - Robe de Bal - Ivoire - Broderies de Perles et Dentelle Rose, Beige et Ivoire - 1895.

The Corseted Beauty · Ball gown, by Jeanne Paquin, 1895 Museum of Decorative Arts, Berlin / Europeana Fashion

Evening gown, Jeanne Paquin, Paris, Winter 1911. Two pieces, Empire waist. Black silk net over ivory silk satin and black velvet sash and bow. All decorated with white and jet beads, Augusta Auctions

Evening gown, Jeanne Paquin, Paris, Winter Two pieces, Empire waist. Black silk net over ivory silk satin and black velvet sash and bow. All decorated with white and jet beads

Dress House of Paquin (French, 1891–1956) Designer: Mme. Jeanne Paquin (French, 1869–1936) Date: 1905–7

Dress House of Paquin (French, Designer: Mme. Jeanne Paquin (French, Date: Culture: French Medium: wool

Evening Cape Jeanne Paquin, 1897 The Museum at FIT

Evening Cape Jeanne Paquin, 1897 The Museum at FIT (OMG that dress!)

Opera coat by Jeanne Paquin, 1912, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Illustration from "Gazette du bon ton: arts, modes & frivolités," 1912-1913, Tome I, courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries.

Opera coat by Jeanne Paquin, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Illustration from "Gazette du bon ton: arts, modes & frivolités," Tome I, courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries.

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