(Paris: Printed by l'Imprimerie de Bobigny, 1945). First edition. Paperback. Spiral bound card wrappers, front wrapper with color lithograph by Christian Berard; 30 x 25.5 cm; unpaginated 46 pages advertisements, 84 pages text, 8 pages advertisements; illustrated with 3 tipped in color plates, many halftones from photographs, other illustrations. Program for the exhibit opening on September 12, 1945 at the Princes Galleries, Piccadilly, laid in. Some chipping to spine portion, minor rubbing to wrappers, else very good. Program cover moderately stained. In custon cloth folder. Very good. Item #21394
This "Review of French Fashion throughout the Years" showcased the emerging energy and inspiration of France's Haute-Couture industry following 5 years of German occupation. Fine fabrics and trimmings were in short supply after the war years and an exhibit in miniature was the perfect response to the reality of post-war shortages. Some 200 wire figurines were created by J. Saint-Martin from designs by Eliane Bonabel with molded features from original sculptures by Rebull. The manequins were dressed in creations by 41 of the leading French dressmakers and posed in theatrical scenes designed by Christian Berard, Beaurepaire, Jean Cocteau, Dignimont, Douking, Geffroy, Grau-Sala, Jean-Denis Malcles, Rebull, Saint-Martin, Touchagues, and Wakhevitch. The Exhibition originally opened at the Louvre and following the London appearance went on the exhibit at many European cities. In 1946 the exhibition was viewed in New York and San Francisco.