Fashion and the Art of Pochoir

The Golden Age of Illustration in Paris


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April Calahan, Cassidy Zachary


The 1910s and 1920s witnessed an outpouring of luxury publications that used a hand-stencilling technique known as pochoir (French for ‘stencil’). The highly refined and painterly technique, which consists of applying layers of gouache paint or watercolour to achieve bold blocks of saturated colour, produced works of visual artistry formerly unrivalled in the history of illustration, and it became the medium of choice for avant-garde couturiers seeking to stand apart and cultivate an elite readership.

Organized chronologically by publication and showcasing a carefully curated selection of the most exceptional illustrations from couture albums and high-end magazines, Fashion and the Art of Pochoir is the definitive tribute to the artists and couturiers who first united to redefine luxury, inaugurating the enduring alliance between fashion and art, from Schiaparelli and Dalì to Vuitton and Murakami today.

Including biographical notices of illustrators and fashion designers, the book offers a unique chance for illustrators, artists, designers and fashion enthusiasts to discover the rarely seen images that defined a brief but magnificent golden age.

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Weight 1726 g
Dimensions 25.6 x 33 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2015
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.6 x 33 cm
Weight 1726 g


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April Calahan is Special Collections Associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, where she serves as the curator of rare books and periodicals.

Cassidy Zachary is a fashion historian and collections manager based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She co-curated the Museum at FIT's 2011 exhibition 'Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution' and currently works with a private collection of over 10,000 rare and valuable pieces of dress and textiles from around the globe.