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  • Fashion has been an important industry and cultural export of France since the seventeenth century, and modern "haute couture" originated in Paris in the 1860s.
  • (store) keep or lay aside for future use; "store grain for the winter"; "The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat"
  • A retail establishment selling items to the public
  • (store) shop: a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services; "he bought it at a shop on Cape Cod"
  • Store-bought
  • A quantity or supply of something kept for use as needed
  • (store) a supply of something available for future use; "he brought back a large store of Cuban cigars"
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Cristobal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy: Grand Traditions in French Couture
Cristobal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy: Grand Traditions in French Couture
Exquisite dresses from three masters of the grand tradition of French fashion whose contributions have set the standard for haute couture. Cristobal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, and Hubert de Givenchy are unparalleled masters, and their individual contributions have set the standard for haute couture. Not only did the great Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga create a style, but he also invented a technique. He was an architect of haute couture and has had a prevailing influence upon the international world of fashion. His trademarks were his astounding creativity, exceptional command of tailoring, and timeless elegance. Philippe Venet has experience and respect for the traditions of haute couture, but distinguishes himself with his use of colors, and his innovative and imaginative tailoring. The 1960s were marked by his "kite" coats whereas his designs of the 1980s and 1990s with their fresh, lively colors maintain a youthful appeal. Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocrat of haute couture, still inspires the fashion world with his sense of perfection. The Givenchy style was an alliance between pure, classic lines and high quality fabrics, whether lavish or light, black or colorful. His designs--often exhibiting floral and foliate themes--reveal his deep-rooted love for nature. Givenchy initiated and was actively involved in the creation of this handsome work, which recalls the precious "compacts" of centuries past--miniature gift cases of gold, enamel, or mother-of-pearl that were offered as a sign of friendship. These extraordinary evening gowns were selected by Hubert de Givenchy, President of the Cristobal Balenciaga Foundation, along with Philippe Venet, and the Princess of Chateau Beauvau Craon. Highlights include Queen Fabiola of Belgium's wedding dress created by Balenciaga and the unforgettable black dress created by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Paris Fashion Stores-Say no too Westfield
Paris Fashion Stores-Say no too Westfield
The buildings that housed the modern fashion store were so refreshing. While I was still having a Fat period and couldn't bring myself to shop I was in Awe of the history that housed every little consumer item in Paris. This contrast's a spreading middle class shopping Mall mentality in New Zealand. I was unfortunate enough to visit Westfield latest architectural crime in Albany which is all glass and escalators and disguises shops filled with nothing and has more boring fat people who I am sure are proud of Albany heartland which will soon be North shores future white version of TAWA. It’s sad our town planners all had the essential lobotomy before graduating. In there defense the north facing cafe's with some culture- Art and open decks seemed pleasant. But I would rather live in a leaking shed in south Auckland than endure the organized Americanization of our new suburbs. Thank goodness for K'rd, Titirangi, and suburbs like Greylynn. I struggle to think of one truly great modern NZ building. I think the blight of Westfield Shopping Malls which transform us into another Australian suburb is that they are all the same and even the stores are filled with stuff I just don’t want to buy. Westfield as a place in Auckland was the home of a Meat Processing Plant for years funnily enough and the irony to this is that I often feel the urge to Baaaaa like the sheep I feel when I'm cueing for a car park or wasting my life away lost in Westfield space searching for just one attractive person to distract me from impending depression. The key is to have your escape planned. The only good news is that you don’t have to cue to pay for what you want to purchase like you have too in most cities of the world. Thank god!!
Galeries Lafayette - (Day 17 Holiday 2011)
Galeries Lafayette - (Day 17 Holiday 2011)
In 1893 Theophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher's shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussee d'Antin, Paris. In 1896, the company purchased the entire building at n°1 rue La Fayette and in 1905 the buildings at n°38, 40 et 42, boulevard Haussmann and n°15 rue de la Chaussee d'Antin. Bader commissioned Georges Chedanne and then his pupil Ferdinand Chanut to design the layout of the Haussmann location. A glass and steel dome, and Art Nouveau staircases were built in 1912.

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