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Without Lelong there would be no Paris fashion today’ – Stella
‘A key figure in French fashion, designer Lucien Lelong proves his standing in fashion in this book’ – The Daily Mail
'… an important addition to any fashion scholar’s library' – Fashionhistorian.net
Lucien Lelong was a central figure in the world of Paris fashion from the 1920s to the 1950s. This wonderfully illustrated history of Lelong and his house chronicles the period and its leading personalities, artists and designers.
As both designer and entrepreneur, Lelong heralded the future.
In the mid-1920s he created the style he called ‘kineticism’, whose flowing lines were the epitome of elegance in motion and could be recognized just from the way they moved. Sophisticated and minimalist, many of his creations look as fresh today as when they were first designed.
Lelong saw that fashion’s future lay in a more democratic direction. He was one of the earliest designers to diversify into accessories and perfumes, and in the mid-1930s he invented the concept of luxury prêt-à-porter.
Lelong was the creative mastermind behind every aspect of his fashion house’s production, playing a role closer to that of modern creative director than traditional couturier as he ensured aesthetic unity across its diverse products.
Dior, Balmain and Givenchy all apprenticed with him.
During the 1930s Lelong’s designs were regularly modelled by his wife and muse, the Romanov princess Natalie Paley. Her looks combined with the exquisite draped forms of Lelong’s gowns to inspire many of the greatest photographers of the day, including Horst, Beaton, Hoyningen-Huene, Lee Miller and Man Ray. Lelong’s salons in this period were designed by Jean-Michel Frank, with lighting by Alberto Giacometti.
Jacqueline Demornex is a journalist and writer who has published widely on the history of fashion and fashion designers, including books on Lancôme, Vionnet and Balenciaga.Storlek: 28.60 x 24.00 cm
Thames & Hudson
134 Illustrations, 48 in colour