Couture: An Illustrated History of the Great Paris Designers and their Creations, Edited by Ruth Lynam is a 256-page blue clothbound hardcover published in 1972 by Doubleday & Company, Inc., and is a stated first edition in the United States of America. The dust jacket is moderately chipped and the price is clipped. There is a crease to the inside front flap. The cover has silver lettering on the spine, and the top and bottom edges of the cover and spine are sun toned. Inside, the front cover pastedown contains the name and address of the former owner in ink. The pages are clean and unmarked and there are no loose pages. The condition is good.
Couture is the first, complete, illustrated history of the French couture houses. Written by a group the most most experienced writers and journalists in the field, this book goes back to the beginnings of couture in the Napoleonic Empire of the late 19th century, when the House of Worth began to make silk crinolines for the ladies at Court. From the turn of the century, with the startling changes in clothes which Poiret, Patou, and Chanel originated, the couturiers of Paris have remained the supreme arbiters of fashions for well-dressed women the world over. The complete story of all these great houses is fully documented and pictured, in color and black-and-white illustrations, many previously unpublished. Now, couture is at a turning point in history, with the immense wealth and potential behind Ready-To-Wear beckoning its younger talents. At this significant moment, Couture sums up the achievements of the great couturiers; reveals the fascinating workings of those splendid French Houses, and delights the reader with the stories and anecdotes of the personalities who have created and worn French original designs for nearly an entire century.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 72-80012