Fashion

Jean Patou (1887 - 1936)

The Parisian couturier incarnates the ultimate tubular 1920s chic sportswear. With a very modern approach of fashion design, the elegant seducer invented the contemporary masculine tie, the monogram and the shortened skirt (for tennis players). A little outshined by his rival, Chanel, he did however imagine a timeless fragrance, Joy.

Anne Sainte-Marie in Jean Patou Ensemble, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1955
Anne Sainte-Marie in Jean Patou Ensemble, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1955
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1930, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1930, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Cocktail Perfumes, 1931
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Cocktail Perfumes, 1931
Joséphine Baker in Jean Patou Dress, 1927
Joséphine Baker in Jean Patou Dress, 1927
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, ca. 1932, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, ca. 1932, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1921
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1921
Jean Parou, Dresses, photographed by Andre Durst for Vogue, 1930
Jean Parou, Dresses, photographed by Andre Durst for Vogue, 1930
Jean Patou, Paletot Ensemble, 1922, Palais Galliera, Paris
Jean Patou, Paletot Ensemble, 1922, Palais Galliera, Paris
Jean Patou, Sketch, ca. 1932
Jean Patou, Sketch, ca. 1932
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, ca. 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, ca. 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Swimmers, photographed by George Hoyinigen-Huene for Vogue, 1929
Jean Patou, Swimmers, photographed by George Hoyinigen-Huene for Vogue, 1929
Jean Patou, Wedding Ensemble, 1927, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Wedding Ensemble, 1927, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, 1925
Jean Patou, 1925
Jean Patou, Ski Outfit, 1933
Jean Patou, Ski Outfit, 1933
Jean Patou, Sportswear, 1928
Jean Patou, Sportswear, 1928
Jean Patou, Byzance Evening Dress, 1924, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jean Patou, Byzance Evening Dress, 1924, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jean Patou, Evening Coat, ca. 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Evening Coat, ca. 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Models in Jean Patou, photographed by Boris Lipnitzki, 1927
Models in Jean Patou, photographed by Boris Lipnitzki, 1927
Jean Patou, Beachwear, ca. 1929, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Jean Patou, Beachwear, ca. 1929, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Tennis Ensemble, 1920
Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Tennis Ensemble, 1920
Jean Patou, Toque, ca. 1920, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Toque, ca. 1920, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, in Modes et Travaux, 1933
Jean Patou, in Modes et Travaux, 1933
Jean Patou, in Modes et Travaux, 1933
Jean Patou, in Modes et Travaux, 1933
Jean Patou, Winter Sportswear, photographed by Laure Albin Guillot, 1927
Jean Patou, Winter Sportswear, photographed by Laure Albin Guillot, 1927
Jean Patou, 1914
Jean Patou, 1914
Jean Patou, Ski Outfit, 1933
Jean Patou, Ski Outfit, 1933
Ilka Chase in Jean Patou, photographed by Edward Steichen, ca. 1930
Ilka Chase in Jean Patou, photographed by Edward Steichen, ca. 1930
Jean Patou, Ensemble and Dress, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1933
Jean Patou, Ensemble and Dress, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1933
Jean Patou, Dress, 1927, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Dress, 1927, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Beachwear, 1931
Jean Patou, Beachwear, 1931
Jean Patou, Ski Outfit, 1933
Jean Patou, Ski Outfit, 1933
Advertisement for Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1925
Advertisement for Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1925
Jean Patou, Ensemble, 1933
Jean Patou, Ensemble, 1933
Suzanne Lenglen for Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1926
Suzanne Lenglen for Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1926
Jean Patou, Ensemble (detail), 1933
Jean Patou, Ensemble (detail), 1933
Jean Patou, Ensemble, 1926
Jean Patou, Ensemble, 1926
Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1921
Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1921
Jean Patou, illustration by Madeleine Jeannest, 1932
Jean Patou, illustration by Madeleine Jeannest, 1932
Jean Patou, Evening Cape, 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Evening Cape, 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Ensemble, 1926
Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Ensemble, 1926
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Le Sien Perfume, 1929
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Le Sien Perfume, 1929
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1932
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1932
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, photographed by W. G. Phillips, 1922
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, photographed by W. G. Phillips, 1922
Jean Patou, Evening Coat, 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Evening Coat, 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Therese Bonney and Jean Patou, 1925
Therese Bonney and Jean Patou, 1925
Jean Patou, Silhouette for Vogue, photographed by Barre, ca. 1930
Jean Patou, Silhouette for Vogue, photographed by Barre, ca. 1930
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Joy Perfume, 1961
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Joy Perfume, 1961
Jean Patou, Dress, ca. 1926
Jean Patou, Dress, ca. 1926
Jean Patou, Evening Ensemble, 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Evening Ensemble, 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1926
Jean Patou, in Vogue, 1926
Jean Patou, illustration by Madeleine Jeannest, ca. 1930
Jean Patou, illustration by Madeleine Jeannest, ca. 1930
Jean Patou, Ensemble, photographed by George Hoyinigen-Huene for Vogue, 1928
Jean Patou, Ensemble, photographed by George Hoyinigen-Huene for Vogue, 1928
Jean Patou, Dress, 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Dress, 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, ca. 1935
Jean Patou, ca. 1935
Dorian Leigh in Jean Patou Evening Dress, 1955
Dorian Leigh in Jean Patou Evening Dress, 1955
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Amour Amour Perfume, 1956
Jean Patou, Advertisement for Amour Amour Perfume, 1956
Jean Patou, Evening Coat, ca. 1920, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou, Evening Coat, ca. 1920, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Patou choosing his models, 1924
Jean Patou choosing his models, 1924
Jean Patou and his models, 1924
Jean Patou and his models, 1924
Giovanni Agnelli in Jean Patou Dress, photograph by Henry Clark, 1956
Giovanni Agnelli in Jean Patou Dress, photograph by Henry Clark, 1956
Jean Patou, Swimwear, 1928
Jean Patou, Swimwear, 1928
Mr and Mrs Paul Dubonnet in Jean Patou, 1929
Mr and Mrs Paul Dubonnet in Jean Patou, 1929
Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939
Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939
Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939
Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1932
Jean Patou, Evening Dress, 1932
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