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Les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape

Fashion Plate
1911 (Published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This print is one of a series of 12 illustrations, cover- and title-page designs for Les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape (Paris 1911), a book commisioned and published by Poiret in a limited edition of 300.

Poiret was one of the most influential and notorious designers of the late 1900s/early 1910s and Lepape's illustrations often showed Poiret's models' heads simply wrapped in turbans, in contrast to the elaborately arranged hairstyles that many fashionable women favoured. Decoration was kept to a minimum, with graphic impact favoured over fine detail.

Poiret's success was short-lived, as his influence did not last beyond the 1910s. Although he continued designing into the 1920s and created gowns for Liberty's in 1933, he failed to recapture the success and notoriety he had enjoyed in the 1910s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Collotype, letter press, line block and stencil.
Brief Description
Hand coloured pochoir stencil plate from "les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape". 1911.
Dimensions
    Production typeLimited edition
    Copy Number
    261
    Marks and Inscriptions
    Georges Lepape (Signed, below left-hand corner, with GP's monogram of a girl's head.)
    Object history
    One of a series of 12 illustrations and designs for the cover and titlepage of the book Les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape (Circ.260 to 272-1976). Commissioned and published by Paul Poiret and printed by Maquet, 10 Rue de la Paix, Paris, 1911. Previously bound in paper boards and issued in a limited edition of 300 of which this example is numbered 261 and signed by Poiret. Most are signed 'Georges Lepape'.
    Summary
    This print is one of a series of 12 illustrations, cover- and title-page designs for Les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape (Paris 1911), a book commisioned and published by Poiret in a limited edition of 300.



    Poiret was one of the most influential and notorious designers of the late 1900s/early 1910s and Lepape's illustrations often showed Poiret's models' heads simply wrapped in turbans, in contrast to the elaborately arranged hairstyles that many fashionable women favoured. Decoration was kept to a minimum, with graphic impact favoured over fine detail.



    Poiret's success was short-lived, as his influence did not last beyond the 1910s. Although he continued designing into the 1920s and created gowns for Liberty's in 1933, he failed to recapture the success and notoriety he had enjoyed in the 1910s.
    Bibliographic References
    • p.213Tim Benton, Manuel Fontán del Junco, María Zozaya (eds.) Modern taste : Art deco in Paris, 1910-1935, Madrid : Fundación Juan March, [2014]. ISBN: 9788470756290.
    • Taken from Departmental Circulation Registers: 1976-1977
    Collection
    Accession Number
    CIRC.266-1976

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