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  1. Haute Couture
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  2. Haute Couture

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This is a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day. The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture. Separate chapters examine tailoring techniques and finishes, weaving, draping, and the intricate decoration produced by embroiderers, feather-makers, and other craftspeople on whom couturiers rely for the execution of their ideas. [This book was originally published in 1995 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]

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Hard cover with dust jacket. 1995 first edition 120 pages from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition in 1995. 120 full color plates, beautiful detailed views of gorgeous couture garments.
Harry N. Abrams , Incorporated
Harry N. Abrams , Incorporated
Harry N. Abrams , Incorporated
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

It contains beautiful color photos of the couture garments design by the following houses: Balenciaga, Chanell, Dior, Jacques Fath, Gianfranco Fere, Hubert de Givenchy, Aliz Gres, Jacques Griffe, Christian Lacroix, Carl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Lanvin, Patou, Poiret, Saint Laurent, Schiaparelli, Ungaro, Versace, Madeleine Vionnet & the House of Worth.
The table of contents lists "History, Atelier, Dressmaking, Tailoring, Technique, Embroidery, Lace and Tulle and Featherwork.
I strongly recommend this book because it contains the works of many designers, and the photos of these beautiful creations are taken "up close".
The clothes are superb and are very nicely photographed. In many cases, there are photos of fascinating details as well as a shot of the entire dress. But the prose is just as awful as the gowns are lovely. Not since Rex Reed got laughed off the pages of American periodicals have I encountered such pretentious and ignorant use of my native language. I would think that a major museum could afford a real writer.
I could not agree more with the review by "Reader from Spain". I buy a LOT of costume/fashion books and hardly ever review them, but felt moved to do so for this book because the text is so dreadful. The photographs are stunning, as are the garments pictured, but the words are really quite atrocious (to steal a line from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!). The text is utterly pretentious and so badly written that I (an editor) checked several times to see whether it had been translated from a language other than English - it is that stilted. Obviously a book like this is bought mostly for the pictures, but the text is so disappointing.
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