Paris Fashion: A Cultural History
This beautifully illustrated new edition of Paris Fashion examines the history and culture of fashion within the fashion capital from the 14th century through to the current day.
Paris has been the international capital of favor for more than 300 years. Even before the upward push of the haute couture, Parisians were notorious for their obsession with fashion, and foreigners eagerly followed their lead. From Charles Frederick Worth to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, fashion history is dominated by the names of Parisian couturiers. But Valerie Steele’s Paris Fashion is a lot more than only a history of great designers. This fascinating book demonstrates that the success of Paris in the long run rests at the strength of its fashion culture – created by a host of favor performers and spectators, including actresses, dandies, milliners, artists, and writers.
First published in 1988 to great international acclaim, this pioneering book has now been completely revised and brought up-to-the-minute, encompassing the upward push of favor’s a couple of world cities within the 21st century. Lavishly illustrated, deeply learned, and elegantly written, Valerie Steele’s masterwork explores with brilliance and flair why Paris remains the capital of favor.
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