Souvenir album of Paul Poiret's trip to Copenhagen, 1925

  • Unknown photographer

  • Album size: 23 x 32 cm
  • Dedication on the cover: 'To Mademoiselle Christiane. In memory of the "Vore Damer" fashion week in Copenhagen, from your guests. November 1925. [Signature illegible]'
  • Donated by Madame Ricart, model for Paul Poiret
  • 1925
  • 20 gelatin silver prints
  • GAL 1987.1.447.2
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

'My tour had to keep an air of distinction, and my propaganda depended on the good manners and deportment of these young ladies . . . All the mannequins wore the same costume.' Paul Poiret, King of Fashion: The Autobiography of Paul Poiret (London: V & A Publishing, 2009). 

This album is the only surviving record of Poiret's 1925 trip to Copenhagen, where he was a guest at the fashion week organised by the famous women's magazine Vore Damer (Our Ladies). He was accompanied by a number of his models, recognisable here by their identical ensembles. The photos in the album show him on official business – fashion parades, talks, etc. – as well as visiting the city and its museum.

Notice's author : Sylvie Lécallier