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Kimono-style opera coat, (back view), c.1922. The coat is fashioned from cobalt blue devoré velvet, cut to a ground of bronzed gold metallic lamé. The upper back and sleeve borders are of solid silk velvet elaborately embroidered with a Persian pattern of bronze metallic cord and small, coral colored beads. The bodice front sections of the coat are self lined with devoré velvet; the rest of the coat is lined with rose colored silk velvet.
Orientalism-inspired wool coat (back view) c.1912. The arrival of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909 detonated an aesthetic bombshell in the West. Decors for the ballet by Russian painter Leon Bakst used exotic patterns, brilliant colors, and lush fabrics. The new trend in all the graphic arts was termed Orientalism. With its striking palette of orange, green and black, this brilliant coat perfectly captures the mood of the period.