Designed by Jacques Doucet, French, 1853 - 1929. Worn by Helen B. Stetson.
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The house of Doucet had its origin in the lingerie and linen shop that the Doucet family had founded around 1817. By 1895, the house, now run by Jacques Doucet, had expanded to include women's attire with an emphasis on soft feminine styling. In 1924, it merged with Doueillet, closing finally in 1932. The sober, gracious elegance that distinguished the house during World War I is evident in this forest green dress from about 1918. It follows that year's fashion for sedate, simply styled dresses that exhibit military references. The dress, embroidered with military insignia-like designs on the bodice and sleeves, was worn by Helen B. Stetson, a champion amateur golfer. She was also the wife of G. Henry Stetson, president of the John B. Stetson Hat Company.