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Diana Vreeland (text); Irving Penn (foreword, photography), Inventive Paris Clothes, 1909-1939: A Photographic Essay, New York, A Studio Book, Viking Press, 1977, first edition, 10.5" x 10.5", square 4to, hardcover, lt. beige cloth boards with black spine titles in a b/w photographic jacket, Near Fine/ Near Fine. Unclipped b/w photographic jacket over light beige linen boards. Everso light wear to bottom board corners. Previous owner's handsome light gray bookplate printed in orange ink. Interior clean and unmarked., SIGNED by Irving Penn with the words "New York" underneath on the front free endpaper. See our image..

96 pages. Approximately 70 photographs, beautifully printed by Rappaport Press using their Stonetone Process to achieve the rich duotone plates.

A superb collection of b/w photographs presented in essay format by influential fashion photographer Irving Penn. Best known for his classically elegant visual style and his long association with Vogue magazine, these photographs feature Paris fashions that appeared in Vreeland's exhibition "The Tens, The Twenties, The Thirties: Inventive Clothes/ 1909-1939" at the The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, Dec. 14, 1973-May, 1974. The work of Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Callot, Molyneux, Paquin, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are some of early 20th century French couture masters included in this look at fashion as it evolved from the Belle Epoque into the modern era, just before WWII.

From the publisher of the UK edition by Thames & Hudson: "Fashion in the three decades from 1909 to 1939 was radical, beautiful and ever-changing. In the cultural capital of the world the new feminine ideals of freedom and movement were expressed in the unprecedented designs of Poiret, Vionnet, Alix, les Callot, Molyneux, Paquin, Chanel and Schiaparelli - designs as aesthetically glorious as they were socially significant. Irving Penn's masterful photographs are accompanied by an Introduction and captions from Diana Vreeland, specialist consultant to the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who discusses the evolving panorama - the Ballets-Russes in Paris in 1909, the First World War and the entry of women into factories and offices, the Jazz Age, the elegance and ennui of the 1930s - in which fashions of the period were born."

A stunning production, rarely found with Penn's signature.

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