Theatre de la Mode: Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture by Edmond Charles-RouxHarnessing the romance of the world of fashion and high art, this fascinating story of a collection of miniature mannequins describes the birth of Theatre de la Mode, the Theater of Fashion. Full of stars such as Robert Ricci (Nina Riccis son), filmmaker Jean Cocteau, and other members of the 1944 haute couture industry, the story follows 237 miniature fashion dolls through their epic tour of Europe and North America, bringing fashion, elegance, and beauty into a war-torn world. Also included are new colour photographs of the mannequins, the reconstructed sets, and close-up details of clothing so sewers, designers, and fashion mavens can appreciate the creativity of Paris designers at the end of World War II.
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Martin, was created from bent wire in resonance with the frames of the mannequins. In the immediate period following World War II, the weary citizens of Paris were desperate to restore their city to its pinnacle as the center of style and fashion. Mindful of this, and drawn together by post-war adversity, the Parisian couturiers collaborated to create a most beautifully detailed representation of fashion splendor. The aim was to help restore the great haute couture houses of Paris to their former glory. He realized that the lack of fabric and luxury materials caused by the privations of war and rationing, would make the full-blown fashion shows of the past — with real models — virtually impossible to stage. So he proposed a collection in miniature, using scale mannequins instead of real women. A careful balance between the sumptuousness of high fashion and the prudence of post-war austerity was vital.
Liberation in the fall of after four years of foreign Occupation found Paris surviving on minimal resources. This book tells their story. The story of the dolls—lost for over 40 years—is a magical story about survival Your email address will not be published. View More…. Reviews There are no reviews yet.
Last Saturday, I was magically transported to Paris during the Nazi occupation. I had to experience it. Imagine if you will, war torn Paris, the capital of fashion. Many couturiers shuttered their doors, never to open again or if they did, never to regain lost footing Vionnet. Some fled. All told, it was devastating for a nation of which fashion was the second largest national industry and employer.
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It was created to raise funds for war survivors and to help revive the French fashion industry in the aftermath of World War II. There were 70 registered couture houses in Paris, and many other smaller designers. The war had a severe impact on the industry. Couturiers and buyers fled occupied France or closed their businesses. Clothing businesses that struggled to remain open had to deal with extreme shortages of cloth, thread, and other sewing supplies. The occupying Germans intended to displace Paris with Berlin as a centre of European fashion design. The Nazi regime planned to turn Berlin and Vienna into the centres of European couture, with head offices there and an official administration, introducing subsidies for German clothing makers, and demanding that important people in the French fashion industry be sent to Germany to establish a dressmaking school there.
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