King of Fashion

Paul Poiret


Paul Poiret (1879–1944) led the fashion world in the first decades of the 20th century. His autobiography tells the story of the meteoric rise of a draper’s son to the “King of Fashion.” From his humble Parisian childhood, to his debut as a couturier, to his experiences during World War I, Poiret reveals all in this captivating tale, first published in 1931. His artistic flair, coupled with his remarkable and highly original cutting skills, enabled him to translate the spirit of Art Deco into revolutionary garments, and his memoirs bring this astonishing period to life. An astute businessman, Poiret describes the expansion of his fashion empire to encompass interior decor and the first designer perfume and evocatively recounts his extravagant parties, where guests paraded in his latest creations.

Creator Bio

Born in Paris, Paul Poiret (1879-1944) established his own fashion house in 1903 and dominated the fashion world in the first decades of the 20th century. He died in Paris in 1944. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Poiret: King of Fashion was the world’s leading decorative arts exhibition of 2007.

Price £9.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 4 June 2019
Pages 192
Height 198mm
Width 130mm
Rights World
ISBN-13 9781851779611