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King of Fashion: The autobiography of Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret



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Victoria & Albert Pubs
01 August 2019
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design; Fashion & textiles: design; Autobiography: general
Paul Poiret (1879-1944) led the fashion world in the first decades of the 20th century. His autobiography tells the story of the meteoric rise of a draper's son to the King of Fashion. From his humble Parisian childhood, to his debut as a couturier, to his experiences during World War I, Poiret reveals all in this captivating tale, first published in 1931. His artistic flair, coupled with his remarkable and highly original cutting skills, enabled him to translate the spirit of Art Deco into revolutionary garments, and his memoirs bring this astonishing period to life. An astute businessman, Poiret describes the expansion of his fashion empire to encompass interior decor and the first designer perfume and evocatively recounts his extravagant parties, where guests paraded in his latest creations.
By:   Paul Poiret
Imprint:   Victoria & Albert Pubs
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm, 
ISBN:   9781851779611
ISBN 10:   1851779612
Series:   V&A Fashion Perspectives
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for King of Fashion: The autobiography of Paul Poiret

'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

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