Through a Visual Journey at the library, examine creations by Elsa Schiaparelli, Paul Poiret, and Coco Chanel, compare them and decide if Fashion is Art.
Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli were arch-rivals of Coco Chanel although their work was dissimilar in nearly every way. Chanel built her empire around the idea of simplicity and comfort. While Poiret was one of the designers leading women out of the belle epoque and its uncomfortable, superfluous fashion, his creations had little to do with day-to-day living. Schiaparelli was about surprise and eccentricity, yet, for the most part, her designs were wearable.
Presented by scholar Annette Baldwin