Early twentieth century

Throughout the early 20th century , practically all high fashion originated in Paris, and to a lesser extent London. Fashion magazines from other countries sent editors to the Paris fashion shows. Department stores sent buyers to the Paris shows, where they purchased garments to copy and openly stole the style lines and trim details of others. Both made-to-measure salons, and ready-to-wear departments, featured the latest Paris trends, and adapted to the stores’ assumptions about the lifestyles and pocket books of their targeted customers.Women’s Dresses in Phoenix

At this time in fashion history the division between haute couture and ready-to-wear was not sharply defined. The two separate modes of production were still far from being competitors, and, indeed, they often co-existed in houses where the seamstresses moved freely between made-to-measure and ready-made.Women’s Dresses in Philadelphia

Around the start of the twentieth-century fashion magazines began to include photographs and became even more influential than in the past. In cities throughout the world these magazines were greatly sought-after and had a profound effect on public taste. Talented illustrators among them Paul Iribe, George Lepape and George Barbier drew exquisite fashion plates for these publications, which covered the most recent developments in fashion and beauty. Perhaps the most famous of Women’s Dresses in Houston was La Gazette du Bon Ton , which was founded in 1912 by Lucien Vogel and regularly published until 1925 (with the exception of the war years).

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