The man who got rid of corsets.
February 6, 2013 11:15 AM   Subscribe

Paul Poiret was known as the King of Fashion who broke the rules.
The cult of celebrity around the couturiers was more or less his invention.
“It was my inspiration of artists, in my dressing of theatrical pieces, that I served the public of my day.”
His fashion at the Metropolitan Museum. He died penniless and nearly forgotten.
Elsa Schiaparelli (prev) paid for his funeral. Paul Poiret A Critical approach.
posted by adamvasco (3 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Getting rid of corsets was a HUGE blessing for wome! Literally corsets were a means of oppression.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 12:08 PM on February 6, 2013

Yes and no. Extreme corseting, yes, kind of oppressive. On the other hand, before the invention of the modern brassiere, a corset was your best bet for proper support.
posted by Karmakaze at 12:28 PM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

Stunning clothes. Perhaps YSL was influenced by him re: the ethnic fabric thing?
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:59 PM on February 6, 2013

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