Fashion & the Arts

Poiret: King of Fashion – At the Metropolitan Museum

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Fashionistas and Fashion lovers everywhere! This is an exhibition no one who is visiting NYC should miss. This is beautiful show and closes on August 5, 2007, so you still have about a month and a half to make plans for a visit to the Met.

From the Met website: ‘In the annals of fashion history, Paul Poiret (1879–1944), who called himself the “King of Fashion,” is best remembered for freeing women from corsets and further liberating them through pantaloons. However, it was Poiret’s remarkable innovations in the cut and construction of clothing, made all the more remarkable by the fact that he could not sew, that secured his legacy. Working the fabric directly onto the body, Poiret helped to pioneer a radical approach to dressmaking that relied more on the skills of drapery than on those of tailoring. Focusing on his technical ingenuity and originality, the exhibition explores Poiret’s modernity in relation to and as an expression of the dominant discourses of the early 20th century, including Cubism, Classicism, Orientalism, Symbolism, and Primitivism.

Don’t forget that the Met is closed on Mondays!

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