Photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue captured the French elite at play - whether at motorcar racing or at fashionable promenades.
His work capturing fashion may be seen in numerous examples, such as "Carriage Race Day, Auteuil, Paris, 1911"
Hats, gloves and beautifully designed silk dresses were on display. For a comparison, see a striped silk afternoon dress, c. 1912 by Jeanne Hallee - it is a perfect complement to Lartigue's photo from Race Day.
For more on the Hallee dress, see http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/94861…
And more stripes – Paris street style in 1912, photo by Lartigue
Lartigue's images here capture a pre-WWI moment -- a world which will soon experience a crippling war and a devastating pandemic.