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Haute Couture

Models in History: The Model and the Origins of Couture

Models in History: The Model and the Origins of Couture

I. Model as Mannequin  Couture could not be what it is without its models. And the historical emergence of couture in the West is tightly linked to the invention of the ‘model,’ the subject who wears the clothing for sale. Originally, they were known as ‘house models,’ reflecting their close proximity to the couture ‘houses’ that had begun to emerge in Europe toward the second half of the 19th century.  Marie Vernet Worth, the wife of the early couture designer Charles Frederick Worth, is often said to be the first true model in history. Clients would visit Worth in his...

1981: Paris Meets Tokyo

1981: Paris Meets Tokyo

We explore the influential Paris 1981 show in which Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto debuted their designs in Europe.

When Issey Miyake Went to New York

When Issey Miyake Went to New York

We reflect on Issey Miyake's 1969 trip to New York and how this important moment inspired his future work.