() (1853–1929) was a French fashion designer, known for his elegant dresses, made with flimsy translucent materials in superimposing pastel colors.
He was born in Paris in 1853 to a prosperous family whose lingerie
business, Doucet Lingerie, had flourished in the Rue de la Paix
since 1816. In 1871, Doucet opened a salon
selling ladies' apparel
. An enthusiastic collector of eighteenth-century furniture, objets d'art
and 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. His most original designs were those he created for actresses of the time. Cecile Sorel, Rejane
and Sarah Bernhardt
(for whom he designed her famous white costume in L'Aiglon
) all often wore his outfits, both on and off the stage. For the aforementioned actresses he reserved a particular style
, one which consisted of frills, sinuous curving lines and lace
ruffles the colors of faded flowers.
A collector of art and literature throughout his life, by the time of his death he had a collection of Post-Impressionist
paintings (including "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
", which he bought direct from Picasso
's studio), as well as two libraries of manuscripts by contemporary writers, both of which he left to the French nation.
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