Didier Grumbach's 'Histoires de la Mode' being published in English
The evolution of fashion and its designers
After coming in several editions in Chinese, Rumanian and Portuguese, and more, Histoires de la Mode is now being published in English.
The book was written in 1993 by the legendary Didier Grumbach – chairman of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, and of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Paris.
The volume tells the story of the history of fashion, from the origins of couture in the 17th century to the birth of megaluxury groups and challenges fashion houses have in the new millennium. The fascinating read even features rare photographs sourced from various places. Grumbach – who wrote the first edition in two-and-a-half years – enjoyed the unique position of having personally experienced many of the key events that happened throughout fashion, like knowing how the first owner of Christian Dior became so successful .
"I did it for the students," he said. "I started my career extremely early and I realize that I had the gift to remember so many people who changed the history of our industry but who have since left us. I've collected so much information, thanks to conversations with people as diverse as André Courrèges, Andrew Goodman, Andrée Putman, François-Henri Pinault or Yves Carcelle. This is what makes the book such a singular document."
The History of International Fashion is a treasury of special information for students studying the subject, and for those who just really love fashion.