Paul Poiret was born on the 20th April 1879 in Paris and died on the 30th April 1944. He was a well-known and recognisable French fashion designer.
He has had many contributions to the 20th century fashion and has been often noticed by Picasso and his contributions. He established his own fashion house in 1903 and he made his name with the controversial kimono coat. He was known for designing flamboyant window displays and threw many parties people remember, which drew much needed attention to his work for marketing and inspirations. His fashion house later expanded to design and sell furniture, décor and fragrances. He was also noticed for advertising and selling his fragrances as well as clothing in unusual environments with a lot of different and unusual props to make them stand out but also for people to recognise him and his work.
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His designs seemed poorly manufactured against new and up and coming designers such as Chanel as her designs were simple, sleek and relied on excellent craftsmanship and production, which got her more noticed, which made designers compete with each other.
He wanted his clothing to be groundbreaking and different but without thinking about the target audiences for the time period and the cost of production and how well they should be made with the materials chosen.
In 1929, the house was closed and the leftover and wasted clothing were sold. Unfortunately when he died people forgot about him and his designs. When the fashion house closed he was forced out of work and a home with dept so he became a street painter and tried to sell his paintings to the customers of Paris’ cafes. He had some help from his dear friend Elsa Schiaparelli, who prevented his name from going into complete turmoil and people from forgetting who he was.
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