Model with book in museum wearing a tweed coat over a wool dress by Jean Patou. Photo by Georges Dambier. Musée de l’Orangerie, ELLE, March 29, 1954.
In the 1920s, Patou kept the fashionable world rapt with his ultramodern sportif chic, pioneering the boyish garçonne look. His clothes were designed to move, to flirt, and to show off daringly bared legs. Vogue praised his collections for their youthfulness and their wearability as he defined the way women dressed for their new life on the move, out of doors, and especially on the tennis court.