King of Fashion The Autobiography of Paul Poiret
King of Fashion
The Autobiography of Paul Poiret
  • Imprint: V & A Publishing
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2009
  • Price: $15.95
  • Trim Size: 5 x 7 34
  • ISBN: 1-85177-564-1
  • EAN: 9781851775644
  • Page Count: 216
  • Illustrations: 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: North America

‘For lovers of fashion and Art Deco … a must-read’- Irish Tatler


An extraordinary story, Paul Poiret's 1931 autobiography describes the meteoric rise of a draper's son to become the "King of Fashion." From his humble Parisian childhood to his debut as a couturier to his experiences during WWI, Poiret reveals all in this captivating tale. A remarkable testament to the energy of the Art Deco movement, Poiret's memoir recounts how his artistic flair, coupled with his exceptional and highly original cutting skills, enabled him to translate the spirit of the era into revolutionary garments. An astute businessman, Poiret describes the expansion of his fashion empire to encompass furniture, decor, and the first designer perfume, and recalls the extravagant Oriental garden parties at which his guests would parade his latest creations.

This book, out of print for decades, offers an evocative inside look at the life of a celebrated figure in fashion history.

About the author

Paul Poiret established his own fashion house in 1903 and dominated the fashion world in the first decades of the 20th century. He died in Paris in 1944. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Poiret: King of Fashion was the world's leading decorative arts exhibition of 2007.