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Barbier, Georges*

Michele Majer

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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In Michael Arlen’s best-selling 1924 novel, The Green Hat, the heroine Iris March is compared to a figure in a Barbier fashion illustration: “She stood carelessly like the women in Georges Barbier’s almanacs, Falbalas et Fanfreluches, who know how to stand carelessly. Her hands were thrust into the pockets of a light brown leather jacket—pour le sport” (Steele, p. 247). The casual elegance ascribed to Arlen’s character, a quintessential element of the 1920s fashion ideal, epitomizes Barbier’s fig

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