Born in Paris, Paul Poiret (1879-1944) established his own fashion house in 1903 and dominated the fashion world in the first decades of the 20th century. He died in Paris in 1944. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Poiret: King of Fashion was the world's leading decorative arts exhibition of 2007.
'allowing us to enjoy his gossipy insights into the haute monde of the day, he also describes the running of a couture house and the vagaries of business.' Rebecca Arnold, Times Literary Supplement, Friday 7th February 2020