Fashion & Beauty

Paris Haute Couture

A comprehensive history of high fashion in Paris from Madame Grès and Balenciaga to Yves Saint Laurent and Yohji Yamamoto, spanning all aspects from clothing and accessories to perfume. Ever since Charles Frederick Worth dressed the Empress Eugénie in the 1860s, launching a "golden century" for dressmaking, Parisian haute couture has been a source of endless admiration and fascination. Its emphasis on exquisite design and meticulous craftsmanship propelled it to the forefront of the fashion industry. The position and practices of haute couture may have evolved over time, but the work of many contemporary couturiers reveals a strong sense of continuity, from the creations of Jeanne Lanvin and Christian Dior, through to their modern counterparts in Jean-Paul Gaultier or Viktor & Rolf. This chronological study traces the history of the esteemed couture houses of Paris, examining the role of the designer and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the finished creations, the place of haute couture in Parisian culture, and its influence in the wider fashion industry. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between haute couture and the client, as well as the dualities in modern haute couture—its sense of exclusivity and quasi-mythical aura countered by an ever-increasing reach into popular consciousness and attainability. This volume is richly illustrated with images of the most superb pieces created by exceptional designers. Various incarnations of Chanel’s timeless quilted handbag, Fath’s charmingly patterned silk scarves, and Poiret’s elegant perfume bottles demonstrate that haute couture encompasses far more than just clothing.

About The Author

Anne Zazzo is an art historian and curator at the Musée Galliera in Paris. She has published several works on fashion, including Chantelle (Assouline, 2010) and a book in French on the history of undergarments.

  • Publish Date: February 05, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 288
  • US Price: $75.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020138-6


"You won't want to miss...the superb catalog...Mr. Saillard knows how to tell the story of Couture..." ~New York Times

"The physical presentation of the book is incredible, as the photography and reproductive quality are just superb to the point of unsurpassed clarity...This is a book that truly deserves a place on the shelf of everyone who has more than just a fleeting interest in fashion as well as those who want to know more about the origins of fashion as we know it today." ~New York Journal of Books

must-have for any fashion connoisseur." ~Bal Harbour Magazine

“This visually sunning volume provides arresting images of the finest pieces created by the foremost designers throughout history…” ~Bask Magazine
“Haute couture may be out of her reach, but if she lives for Chanel, Dior and Lanvin, she’ll love Paris Haute Couture.” ~Star Ledger