Charles Frederick Worth, the Father of Couture

By | March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   The Seeds of Couture   Charles Frederick Worth was born in 1825 in Bourne, England. He was the youngest of five children born to William and Ann Worth and only one of two children (he and his brother) who survived to adulthood. His father abandoned the family by the time Charles [...]

Paul Poiret – Fashion Revolutionary

By | January 29th, 2016|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By Donna Klein Seeds of a Fashion Revolution Paul Poiret was born into a house of modest means in Paris, France, in 1879. From the time he was a youngster, he had a large opinion of himself. So much so, that according to Bowles, his parents apprenticed him to an umbrella maker, hoping this would [...]

Legends of Fashion – Christian Dior

By | January 28th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   When we think of Christian Dior today, perfume, makeup, and accessories come to mind, as well as a fashion label that has been successful for nearly 60 years. World War II brought austerity measures to every industry, even fashion. Once the conflict ended, women were ready to shed the masculine look [...]