books about fashion: Paul Poiret

“Les robes de Paul Poiret racontées par Paul Iribe” (1908): full book, with many pictures, and another version.

“Les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape” (1911): full book, with many pictures.

And a bonus: scanned volumes of French “Gazette du bon ton”, magazine about fashion (1912, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1922) and “Gazette du bon genre” (1920 only).


Paul Poiret about Lantelme

“Words can only feebly express the exquisite beauty, perfection of face and natural charm and grace of Mlle. Lantelme. She was one of the Nature’s masterpieces of human perfection, and on such a woman any dress, hat or garment is becoming. Because this exquisite creature looked well in anything she chose to wear, other women, less favored by Nature, imitated her clothes, but not always with successful results“.

The whole text is here , in an American newspaper of 1931. If you don’t know 🙂 Paul Poiret was a famous fashion designer, and what he wrote about Lantelme and fashion is very interesting.

Also Paul Poiret mentions one of Lantelme’s dresses in a Persian style, created (not by him) for Les Trois Sultanes comedy:


By the way, there are few mistakes in the text: the author (or the translator) says Lantelme’s name was Lucie (instead of Genevieve), and her husband’s name was Charles (instead of Alfred).

Lantelme postcards

Lantelme postcard FC 3

Postcard F.C.&Cie 3. Caption: Lantelme.

Lantelme postcard FC 22

Postcard F.C.&Cie 22. Caption: Lantelme. Photo by A.Bert. (Lantelme in a drama La Savelli)

Lantelme postcard FC 23

Postcard F.C.&Cie 23. Caption: Lantelme. Photo by A. Bert.

Pictures found via google and on delcampe.

Le Mythe des Courtisanes au MusĂ©e Maxim’s

An article by Aurore Mosnier (in French) about MusĂ©e Maxim’s exhibition: here, with photos of Lantelme, Otero, dresses, lamps and many other interesting objects.