Paris has been the focal of fashion for a very long time. It’s probably the first thing most think of when they hear the city’s name uttered. That and the Eiffel Tower. I think of poodles, cafes and art. But, isn’t fashion art? There are those who scoff at the runway displays, questioning where you would ever wear this or that costume which is presented under lights, to flashing cameras and the ubiquitous fashion icons. Media forgets the clear aspect of fashion show as living art display. Below, you have a still, black and white photograph and believing the image is art somehow is more believable than the pale waif trussed up in something Jim Henson would have drooled over.
Just as fashion is art, it is also history. The photographs in the link can be used by a writer seeking to capture a period in their work-creative or non. Photographs are primary resources for research, especially when taking place at a documented event. They’re the visual proof of the statement, this happened on such and such a date. What they contain can be a treasure trove of information. As you scroll through, imagine them in motion, in color and in sound…
1910-1920: Fashion at the Parisian races.