Paris Haute Couture

Paris Haute Couture

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This title is a comprehensive history of high fashion in Paris from Madame Gres and Balenciaga to Yves Saint Laurent and Yohji Yamamoto, spanning all aspects from clothing and accessories to perfume. Ever since Charles Frederick Worth dressed the Empress Eugenie in the 1860s, launching a golden century of dressmaking, Parisian haute couture has been a source of endless admiration and fascination. Its emphasis on exquisite design and meticulous craftsmanship has put it at the forefront of the fashion industry, in terms of its influence and its indisputable sublimation of fashion to an art form. The relevance and practices of haute couture may have evolved over time, but the work of many contemporary couturiers reveals a strong sense of continuity with the achievements of their predecessors, from the creations of Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin, and Christian Dior, through to their modern counterparts in Christian Lacroix, Jean-Paul Gaultier, or Viktor & Rolf. This chronological study traces the history of the esteemed couture houses of Paris, examining the role of the designer and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the finished creations, the importance of haute couture in Parisian culture, and its influence in the wider international fashion industry. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between haute couture and the client, as well as the dualities present in modern haute coutureits sense of exclusivity and quasi-mythical aura countered by an ever-increasing reach into popular consciousness and attainability, through perfumes, branding, and the media spectacle of fashion shows. This volume is richly illustrated with images of the most superb pieces created by truly exceptional designers. Various incarnations of Chanels timeless, classic quilted handbag, Faths charmingly-patterned silk scarves, and Poirets elegant perfume bottles demonstrate that haute couture encompasses far more than just clothing. From the delicate embroidery on a Worth garment, to the graceful silhouette of Diors ballgowns, to the sculptural creations of Madame Gres and their modern echoes in the work of Yohji Yamamoto, Parisian haute couture is a constantly evolving art. Fascinating archival photographs invite the reader through the doors of these exclusive Paris establishments into the showrooms and ateliers of the master couturiers, allowing us to glimpse the alluring, refined, and rarely-seen world that is Parisian haute couture.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 260 x 286 x 30mm | 1,841.58g
  • Editions Flammarion
  • Paris, France
  • English
  • 250 colour illustrations
  • 2080201387
  • 9782080201386
  • 151,766

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"You won't want to miss...the superb catalog...Mr. Saillard knows how to tell the story of Couture..." "New York Times ""The physical presentation of the book is incredible, as the photography and reproductive quality are just superb to the point of unsurpassed clarity...This is a book that truly deserves a place on the shelf of everyone who has more than just a fleeting interest in fashion as well as those who want to know more about the origins of fashion as we know it today."" New York Journal of Books ..""must-have for any fashion connoisseur." "Bal Harbour Magazine ""This visually sunning volume provides arresting images of the finest pieces created by the foremost designers throughout history..." " Bask Magazine ""Haute couture may be out of her reach, but if she lives for Chanel, Dior and Lanvin, she'll love "Paris Haute Couture." Star Ledger"

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About Olivier Saillard

Anne Zazzo is an art historian and curator at the Musee Galliera in Paris. She has published several works on fashion, including Chantelle (Assouline, 2010) and a book in French on the history of undergarments.

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