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Paul Poiret 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.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum; First Prinitng edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775644
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GUSTAVO PRADO RGUEZ on February 27, 2010
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Written by the man himself in the afterlife of his amazing career, when he was no longer, famous, rich or married. This little book proves to be an excellent medium to witness the time when he almost singlehanded revolutioned fashion through banning the corset, bringing oriental, greek and exotic influences, and being the first fashion designer as we understand the term now.

He goes into great detail into his younger years when he met Mme. Cheruit and the famous J Doucet. Particularly about Chez Doucet, he explains the arrangement of the attelier in the change of century with the vendors, designers, chief of attelier, seamstress, and how the subtleness of this relations goes into the final garment.
When some years later he opens his own house, he brings all the time the process, from inspiration to cutting as the components of the final garment. Along appears his friends and acquaintances Iribe, Lepape. And also how he deals with Isadora Duncan, how he met with the Ballet Russes' Bakst. All the time making a point how he influenced them, not the other way around -in here we can have a skeptical eye...

When success came, he opens 'Le parfums Rosine' and the 'Atelier Martine', being the first couturier going into the scent business almost ten years before Chanel. -It exist an extraordinary book on this adventure Paul Poiret and His Rosine Perfumes, with hundreds of images-. The 'Martines' were the students of the Atelier, and it was sort of an art school meets interior design training, in here Poiret goes into great detail about how to develop creativity in children toward design.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2010
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Written in Paul Poiret's hand, this is a great fun to read and gives good insight into his mind. The only wish I had was for more information on his demise in the fashion world. But, if you want to get into the mind of a great genius, then I would recommend this book.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lees on December 25, 2011
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It's good but he gets kind of boring at some point and I didn't like it that much and I didn't finish it.
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