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In 1945, a group of the most important French designers band together to create a collection of miniature mannequins and couture pieces that are designed to lift the spirits of war-torn Europe. This travelling exhibition is known as "Théâtre de la Mode".

Each "doll" is presented with its own accessories; real emerald brooches made by Van Cleef and Arpels; tiny umbrellas that opened; and handbags that had eensy weensy pockets inside. The list of Parisian houses is astounding:

Callot (House of Calvet), Elsa Schiaparelli, Hermes
Nina Ricci, Robert Piguet, Jacques Fath, Worth
Molyneux, Carven, Paquin, Maggy Rouff
Marcel Rochas, Jeanne Lanvin, Lucien Lelong
Madame Gres, Jean Patou, Balenciaga, Jean Desses

In 1947, Calvet launches three new perfumes under the Callot label: "Bao" "Dieu du Jour" "Mariage D'Amour". The House of Calvet remains open until it finally retires the label in 1948.