Jeanne Margaine-Lacroix: revolutionary designer who changed the line of fashion. Here is an example of her slender, corsetless line – the robe-tanagréenne. It is worn by her favourite model, who small bust and simple hairstyle were  avant-garde for the time and contrasted strongly with the generally accepted ideals of fashionable feminine beauty in the first decade of the twentieth-century.

Robe tanagréene Front Oct 1908

I am currently working on a monograph of Margaine-Lacroix, which draws upon a body of research collected during the course of an MA: Investigating Fashion Design, 2009 – 2010, and added to over the past four years.

A page on Margaine-Lacroix is coming soon. Meanwhile read my guest post on the Kensington and Chelsea libraries’ blog, written to accompany my exhibition: Margaine-Lacroix and the Dresses that Shocked Paris, July 2013.

Also available online:Inspired by the Antique: Margaine-Lacroix and the robe tanagréenne, a paper presented at Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress: Future Fashion, Florence 2012. Select Susie Ralph from the list of online presentations. The recording starts with an introduction in Italian.