Category Archives: Haute Couture

Oscar de la Renta A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“He was the first American designer to create haute couture for a Paris fashion house.  For decades his glamorous dresses have embodied Upper East Side chic, the style of New York’s high society.” “Since 1965 Oscar de la Renta has … Continue reading

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Hubert de Givenchy A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“Every artist has his muse:  Audrey Hepburn made Hubert de Givenchy’s elegantly simple creations world famous.” “What makes a dress a complete success:  If you ask the fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy, it is first of all the fabric, handled … Continue reading

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Christian Dior at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Bar” suit and jacket, spring/summer 1947 Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947) Silk shantung Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958 (C.I.58.34.30) Skirt, executed in 1969 from a 1947 design Reproduction of a skirt designed … Continue reading

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Paul Poiret A Fashion Designer You Should Know

“Every age has its own prophet–someone who knows the secret longings of his or her contemporaries and is capable of converting them into public demand.  Paul Poiret, the Parisian fashion designer, was just such a visionary. His modern, corset-free so;jpiettes … Continue reading

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Paul Poiret at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Irudrée” Gown, ca. 1923 Paul Poiret (French, 1879–1944) Silk, metal; L. at center back 52 in. (132.1 cm) Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2007 (2007.146) Paul Poiret’s technical and commercial innovations were fundamental to the emergence and development … Continue reading

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Haute Couture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, ca. 1887 Charles Frederick Worth (French, born England, 1825–1895) Silk, glass, metallic thread Gift of Mr. Orme Wilson and Mr. R. Thornton Wilson in memory of their mother, Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson, 1949 (C.I.49.3.28a,b) Evening dress, 1892 … Continue reading

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Madeleine Vionnet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, 1938 Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975) Black silk satin and black silk net embroidered with black sequins Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946 (C.I.46.4.4a–c) In Jungian psychology, the appearance of black birds in … Continue reading

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