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Poiret - Koda, Harold; Bolton, Andrew; Troy, Nancy J. - Yale University Press
  • May 29, 2007
    224 p., 11 3/5 x 14 2/5
    195 color illus.
    ISBN: 9780300120295
    Cloth: $65.00 tx
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Art and Architecture

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
 

Poiret

  • Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton; With an introduction by Nancy J. Troy; Contributions by Mary E. Davis, Caroline Evans, Jared Gross, Heather Hess, Caroline Rennolds Milbank, and Kenneth E. Silver
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In the annals of fashion history, French couturier Paul Poiret (1879Ė1944) is known for liberating women from corsets and introducing pantaloons into their wardrobes.  However, it is Poiretís 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 Poiretís 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. Poiretís 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.

Poiretís innovative creations are represented by colorful pochoirs (stencils), personal photographs from the Poiret family archives, and newly commissioned photographs of Poiretís masterworks.

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.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The     The Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 9 Ė August 5, 2007)

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