Stephanie Miller for Second City Style Magazine
Before Balenciaga, Dior and Chanel, there was Poiret. Considered the Godfather of all things fashion, Paul Poiret is arguably the most influential designer of all time.
His name is known within the upper crust of the fashion elite, revered
amongst aspiring fashion students and whispered in European ateliers.
Yet the master designer, who lived in Paris during the Belle Epoch, is
hardly a mainstream name.
Poiret changed the face of 20th Century fashion and recently
two of the most respected fashion forces – Vogue and the Costume
Institute at the Met – have paid homage to his over the top oeuvre. If
you study, analyze and slowly turn each page of Vogue, then you could
not have missed one of the best editorials to have been produced by my
favorite fashion magazine. For it was in the May 2007 issue of Vogue,
that pages upon pages were dedicated to the art and science of the man
that was Poiret. Vogue had beautifully done what I wish I could do on a
monthly basis – pine the couture archives of fashions greats and
interpret how their visions have translated to today’s runways.
Poiret was the first couturier to use primary colors after the muted, dull Edwardian period,
and while he claims to have kept the legs shackled with his hobble
skirt, he freed the bust by introducing the first brasserie. Read more here…