Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939. A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn

Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939. A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn
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With Text by Diana Vreeland.

New York. Viking Press. 1977. First edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 96 pages. With 70 b&w full-page photographs. 270 x 270mm (10 x 10"). .85kg. 067040067x. English. Very good; some shelf wear to jacket, mainly to the rear, a couple of small tears to top edge of rear jacket, small wear at head and base of spine, jacket flaps clipped along bottom edges, some browning to rear and spine; small ink stain to two text pages, else clean and free from inscriptions.

'Fashion in the three decades from 1909 to 1939 was radical, beautiful and ever-changing. In the cultural capital of the world the new feminine ideals of freedom and movement were expressed in the unprecedented designs of Poiret, Vionnet, Alix, les Callot, Molyneux, Paquin, Chanel and Schiaparelli - designs as aesthetically glorious as they were socially significant. Irving Penn's masterful photographs are accompanied by an Introduction and captions from Diana Vreeland, specialist consultant to the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who discusses the evolving panorama - the Ballets-Russes in Paris in 1909, the First World War and the entry of women into factories and offices, the Jazz Age, the elegance and ennui of the 1930s - in which fashions of the period were born.' (from the blurb).