Design House: House of Patou (French, founded 1919)

Designer: Jean Patou (French, 1880–1936)

Date: ca. 1937

Culture: French

Medium: silk, wool

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Stephen M. Kellen, 1978

Accession Number: 1978.165.20a, b


Patou constructed a tailored suit as if it were a jigsaw puzzle. Formed as a gabardine suit with all the pattern pieces wholly constructed, the silk grosgrain diamonds were inserted replacing gabardine squares. Each diamond is composed of four mitered elements. By this analytical technique, the suit is integrally conceived, and the front of the suit reveals the wool ground as a full surround.