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Haute Couture

Haute Couture

Martin, Richard, and Harold Koda
128 pages
100 illustrations
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This is a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day. The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture. Separate chapters examine tailoring techniques and finishes, weaving, draping, and the intricate decoration produced by embroiderers, feather-makers, and other craftspeople on whom couturiers rely for the execution of their ideas.

Ritrosetta, Pierre-Louis Pierson  French, Salted paper print from glass negative with applied color
Ball gown, House of Worth  French, silk, glass, metallic thread, French
ca. 1887
Ball gown, House of Worth  French, silk, crystal, French
ca. 1892
Evening dress, Callot Soeurs  French, cotton, silk, metal, French
Robe de Style, House of Lanvin  French, silk, French
Robe de Style, House of Lanvin  French, silk, cotton, French
Evening dress, Edward Molyneux  French, born England, silk, French
Ensemble, House of Chanel  French, silk, wool, metal, French
ca. 1927
Evening dress, House of Vionnet  French, silk, French
Suit, Schiaparelli  French, wool, French
fall 1938
Suit, House of Patou  French, silk, wool, French
ca. 1937
Skirt, House of Dior  French, wool, French
1947, edition spring/summer 1969
Dress, House of Balenciaga  French, wool, French
Dress, Yves Saint Laurent  French, wool, French
fall/winter 1965–66
Ensemble, André Courrèges  French, wool, nylon, French
Coatdress, André Courrèges  French, wool, silk, French
Evening dress, André Courrèges  French, cotton, French
Ensemble, Emanuel Ungaro  French, cotton, French
Pantsuit, Yves Saint Laurent  French, (a) wool, wood; (b) wool, French
spring/summer 1970
Evening ensemble, Yves Saint Laurent  French, silk, mylar, glass, metallic thread, French
fall/winter 1976–77
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———. 1995b. Haute Couture. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams.