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Poiret

Koda, Harold and Andrew Bolton

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ISBN 10: 030012029X / ISBN 13: 9780300120295
Published by New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2007, 2007
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Folio, blind-stamped cloth, dustwrapper, 224pp., 195 ills. VG+/VG: clean cloth, very sound binding, clean text, illustrations and edges; bright wrapper with a pair of light scuffs to the front panel. Extra postage will be asked. Bookseller Inventory # ATL0000716

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Title: Poiret

Publisher: New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2007

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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In the annals of fashion history, French couturier Paul Poiret (1879 1944) 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 the art 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.

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Harold Koda is curator in charge and Andrew Bolton is curator, both at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nancy J. Troy is professor of modern art history at the University of Southern California.

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