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Poiret: King of Fashion

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The highlight of the Costume Institute’s year (and possibly ours) is its signature summer exhibition, which this year celebrates the revolutionary Belle Epoque designer Paul Poiret, self-proclaimed “King of Fashion.” Those who doubt his claim to royalty should see his breathtaking, Asian- and Art Deco–inspired evening gowns and opera coats. Others will happily pay their respects to the man who liberated the female form from the corset, pioneered flesh-colored stockings, and retooled the modern bra. —Michael Alan Connelly