Couture plus Théâtre de la Mode Combo

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Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing
Théâtre de la Mode: Fashion Dolls — The Survival of Haute Couture

Save $34.95 when you order these two books on the the history and techniques of couture!

Couture is an attitude. It’s a way of thinking about sewing. In this book by Roberta Carr couture is available to everyone with an interest in quality, style and individuality.

Théâtre de la Mode tells the story of how miniature mannequins rescued Haute Couture. Liberation in the fall of 1944 after four years of foreign Occupation found Paris surviving on minimal resources. Hoping to make a statement to the world that Paris was still the center of fashion, couturiers, jewelers, milliners, hairdressers, and theatre designers joined together to present the Théâtre de la Mode.

These two books together offer a wealth of fashion history and couture techniques.

Professional custom couture seamstress Marla Kazell, who was our technical advisor on the Couture book says “Roberta taught me that in a couture garment, the details are important—not just in the finished appearance, but in every choice and decision made along the way. That’s what makes each garment one of a kind. The lessons and techniques I learned from Bobbie play a part in every garment I sew and every class I teach.”

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sleeve of Dior rosesCouture: The Art of Fine Sewing

Roberta Carr says there is no one way to do anything in couture sewing. Seamstresses create beautiful clothing by analyzing problems and choosing from alternative techniques, and then selecting the best solutions to create their version of perfection. Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing is filled with hundreds of techniques, plus garment photos to provide inspiration. Chapters include couture darts, using fabric on the bias, bias bindings, piping, gathers, circular ruffles, princess line styles, sleeves and sleeve heads, topstitching, pockets and buttonholes, and, as shown above, Dior roses, this time massed on a sleeve.

ISBN 978-0-935278-28-6
8.375″ x 10.875″
208 pages
over 100 color photos of garments and techniques, plus 470 step-by-step illustrations

mannequin in a blue dressThéâtre de la Mode

The story of the dolls—lost for over 40 years—is a magical story about survival…survival of a country, of an industry, and of miniature wire mannequins dressed by the top fashion designers of the world at a time when fabrics were rationed and rare. It is the story of a little known museum, new in the 1950s, that ended up with them. It’s a story of how a road builder, Sam Hill, and a sugar baron’s wife, Alma Spreckels, saved these dolls from extinction, and about their second resurrection when Stanley Garfinkel from Kent State University discovered their whereabouts and, together with Susan Train, Paris Bureau Chief for Condé Naste, helped realize their return to Paris to be renovated and again shown to the world in 1990. This collection now lives at Maryhill Museum in the Columbia Gorge.

Théâtre de la Mode, in some magical way, becomes the passion of nearly everyone who has ever seen it or been involved with it. Its story creates empathy for those who endured the war, admiration for the artists who came together to show the world that their industry and hope couldn’t be obliterated by shortages and devastation, and emotion for even a preteen in the ‘50s who keeps reconnecting with the magic.

Revised Second Edition ISBN 0-935278-56-7
8.375” x 10.875”
192 Pages
257 color photos including 36 photos by noted fashion photographer David Seidner
116 historic b&w photos

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 1.5 in


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