Polaire was the stage name used by French singer and actress Émilie Marie Bouchaud (May 14, 1874 – October 14, 1939). Born in Algeria - Throughout her career Polaire was skilled in using her appearance to attract attention. In her early days as a café singer in the 1890s she wore very short skirts and also cropped her hair, fashions that did not become common in the rest of society until the 1920s.
Day dress, Dutch, ca. 1875-80. Bodice and skirt in light blue grosgrain silk, decorated with fringe with tassels in purple and light blue chenille cord; lined body in off-white cotton; lap premises in yellow cotton sateen; fitted to hip, collar, long curved sleeves, lingering close asymmetrically draped skirt with queue. Mode Museum, Antwerp