Paul Poiret

Poiret, Paul

1879 Paris ‐ 1944 Paris

Information about the artist

Paul Poiret was a French designer and fashion designer. After an apprenticeship at an umbrella manufacturer and also produces fashion drawings. After the first sales of his drawings, he was hired by the couturier Jacques Doucet, with whom Poiret learned the craft of haute couture and became head of the tailoring department. In 1901 he started working for the Worth fashion house and designed simpler, more practical fashion. In 1903 he opened his own fashion house and at the same time cultivated friends with artists such as André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck. In his fashion there are themes of neoclassical dresses without a corset, influences of orientalism and expressive colors. Later he worked with Raoul Dufy for printing materials. In 1921 he met Man Ray, who made fashion photographs for him. Peggy Guggenheim and Nancy Cunard were among his clients. In 1929 he closed his fashion house and devoted himself entirely to painting and theater. In 1944 his paintings were exhibited in the Charpentier Gallery.

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