Madame-Marie-Gerber

Opera Coat
Callot Soeurs (attributed)
1912

The modified T-shaped construction, side slits, heavy fringes and a contoured frontal closure extending passed the fall line of the fabric was inspired by ethnic costume. The lace technique and its surface pattern were of european origin. The lack of shoulder seams is an unusual element in this coat’s construction. That, along with the custom designed edges at the neckline, frontal aperture and hem and the skillful use of lace may indicate that the couture house responsible for this design was Callot Soeurs.

Evening Dress
Callot Soeurs
1908

Black and purple silk charmeuse pieced together, chinoiserie floral embroidery; ribbons from shoulder stitched at back waist; tassels at ends.

This dress was an interpretation of a Japanese kimono style by a Western designer. The influence of the Japanese kimono may be observed around the collar, the front neck opening in uchiawase style, and the straight-cut “kimono sleeves.” The round cut from front slit to train evokes the beauty of a trailing kimono. The design of the embroidery and the style of the back of the dress demonstrate a Chinese influence as well.

Image and text taken from the book:
Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, Kyoto Costume Institute, pg 356