Poiret in his studio

Paul Poiret was a French couturier with lots of never-before-seen ideas for the fashion world.  He was known in America as "The King of Fashion" and “Le Magnifique” in Paris.  His exotic, new and exciting designs, along with his hard work and self-promotion made a big impact on fashion in the early twentieth century. He said in his autobiography, "I did not wait for my success to grow by itself. I worked like a demon to increase it, and everything that could stimulate it seemed good to me."  He is an inspiring example of someone who started out with little more than passion and worked hard to make himself into a huge success and a very influential figure.