V&A Shop – King of Fashion: Paul Poiret

V&A Shop - King of Fashion: Paul Poiret

Designer Paul Poiret (1879 – 1944) led the fashion world in the first decade of the 20th century. This extract from his 1931 autobiography, ‘King of Fashion’, tells of his meteoric rise to fame, designing dresses for the esteemed Parisian couturier, House of Worth.

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V&A Shop - King of Fashion: Paul Poiret

Designed by Paul Poiret, this mantle is made of bright yellow wool and lined with black chiffon. Based on a deconstructed kimono, it is composed of two rectangles folded on the shoulders and joined on one side with a stylised bow.

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