King of Fashion, 1931. Autobiography of Paul Poiret, translated by Stephen Haden Guest.
The autobiography of the famed Paul Poiret, and brag book of all his achievements and many famous friends. Traces the path of his life as a designer, from working for Doucet at the the end of the 19th century, moving to work for the House of Worth's "fried potatoes" department of ready-to-wear at the turn of the century, and into his own glamorous world of exoticism and the modernist corset-less garments that changed the course of fashion design for the rest of the century. Also speaks of his ventures into textile and interior design with his studio Martine, and into perfumes with his line Rosine. Includes sixteen black & white illustrations, including pictures of gowns, costumes, his famed parties, interiors of his homes, personal family photographs, and more.
331 pages, measure approx. 8.9" H x 5.9" W x 1.6" D. Good condition — scotch tape on two title pages, some wear to gilt on cover, fading and light fraying to spine, cracked hinge in back endpapers. NOT ex-library, owner name and the date 1931 written on endpapers. See images for reference, and feel free to email with any further questions.
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