Couture Confessions : Different Fashion History
The art of conversation and storytelling requires a special talent, but things get a tad more complex if you attempt to make a dialogue with the deceased legends of the past. It’s not about conventional biography-compiling work and has nothing to do with spiritualism if those are the references on the top of your mind. It’s all about Pamela Golbin's ‘Couture Confessions’, a recent addition to the must-read fashion books and quite a treat.
Pamela Golbin, a renowned chief curator of the 20th –century collections, fashion and textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, is beyond doubt an expert of many talents. You may say that fashion is a calling that chose her since in 1993 she became the youngest curator in France at the time. What seemed like a temporary job turned into more than twenty years of professional devotion. She curated over 30 exhibitions and authored many catalogs and books on iconic fashion legends, but her new work goes further.
In ‘Couture Confessions’ Golbin unveils a fascinating history of 20th century fashion in the own words of iconic designers from Poiret to Lanvin, Vionnet, Chanel, Dior and Schiaparelli to name a few. Based on a vast variety of archival sources, the book combines what the designers had said or written with thought-through questions into “improbable interviews”, as if the conversations really happened. The extent of the research leaves you speechless, but the ‘as if encountered fashion icons of the past’ impressions is even stronger. As first-hand account as imaginable today, the book certainly won’t let you go till the last page.