Jacques Doucet – The Art Collector Designer
As a connoisseur of art, Jacques Doucet admitted he merely designed clothing to finance his true passion of art collecting. Nonetheless, Doucet was a world-renowned designer who dressed members of elite society, royalty and actresses. The House of Doucet was originally founded by Jacque’s parents in 1817 and specialized in women’s lingerie and laces. In the 1870s, Jacques Doucet inherited the family business, expanding the label with the addition of a couture department that became known for extravagant gowns and tailored suits. Doucet’s taste for art resulted in meticulous quality, unusual color combinations and a reappropriation of artistic elements and motifs. The House of Doucet was one of the most highly regarded couturiers throughout the Belle Époque and into the first quarter of the 20th century and was home to both Madeleine Vionnet and Paul Poiret before they began their own labels.