Poiret's wife, Denise

A poster for the Ballets Russes

Poiret was greatly influenced by oriental costumes, especially from Diaghilev's Ballets Russes by Leon Bakst, and exotic oriental tales such as 1001 Arabian Nights.  The bright colors he used and his trademark turban are just a few examples of ideas inspired by the orient.  He is also quoted to say "My wife is the inspiration for all my creations; she is the expression of all my ideals." She was his muse, creative director of the fashion house, and his favorite model.