Poiret

Poiret

Book - 2007
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Yale University
In the annals of fashion history, French couturier Paul Poiret (18791944) is known for liberating women from corsets and introducing pantaloons into their wardrobes.  However, it is Poiret’s remarkable innovations in the cut and construction of clothing, made all the more remarkable by the fact that he could not sew, that secures his legacy.
This essential book is the first to explore Poiret’s radical modernity from a number of perspectives. Essays by renowned scholars describe the historical context of his work; its relation to the dominant artistic discourses of the early 20th century; his muse, Denise Poiret, and her influence on his work; and his role in the paradigmatic shift to a new ideal of feminine beauty. Poiret’s entrepreneurship, his creation of an atelier to extend his influence beyond fashion to theart de vivre, and his relationship to the workshops of the Wiener Werkstatte are also discussed.
Poiret’s innovative creations are represented by colorful pochoirs (stencils), personal photographs from the Poiret family archives, and newly commissioned photographs of Poiret’s masterworks.


Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007
ISBN: 030012029X (yale university press (hc))
9780300120295 (yale university press (hc))
1588392236 (the metropolitan museum of art (hc))
9781588392237 (the metropolitan museum of art (hc))
Branch Call Number: 746.920747 KOD
Characteristics: 224 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 38 cm

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