Paul Poiret was an artist who used fabric as his medium and in doing so saved women from corsets and the overly the constructed garments of Paris before the First World War. How he did this was to elevate draping, the process of hanging fabric on the body to create garments, to its current day popularity. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating the work of Poiret with the exhibit "Poiret: King of Fashion."
The exhibit’s title comes from Poiret’s own declaration of his royal artistry. And it is hard to argue with the man after seeing the exhibit. His work is beautiful, detailed and thoroughly original. If you cannot make it to the Met swing by Bergdorf Goodman. Their windows are also displaying Poiret’s creations. "Poiret: King of Fashion" runs through August 5th.