Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli
Fashion, Femininity and Modernity
Through a highly original and detailed analysis of the memoirs, interviews and other life writings of Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli, this book explores changing notions of femininity in the early decades of the twentieth century, when the democratization of fashion began.
Examining the idea of modernity, eternity and the ephemeral in the writings of these haute couturiers, the book reflects on fashion's ambivalent approach to women, which both celebrated and vilified them, presenting them as both ultra modern style leaders and irrational creatures stuck in the past.
This fascinating text is key reading for scholars and students of fashion, gender studies, cultural studies and history.
Table of contents
- Front matter
- Fashion and the Time of Modern Femininity pp. 25–46
- Paul Poiret: Classic and New in the Struggle for Designer Mastery pp. 47–78
- Elsa Schiaparelli: Glamour, Privacy and Timelessness pp. 79–110
- Christian Dior: Nostalgia and the Economy of Feminine Beauty pp. 111–146
- Conclusion: Fashioning Self, Reflecting Ambivalence pp. 147–152
- Notes pp. 153–178
- Bibliography pp. 179–188