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Poiret: King of Fashion
May 9–Aug. 5 This spring the big Costume Institute show at the Met—the one launched with that famous boldface-name party—concerns the clothing of the revolutionary designer Paul Poiret, who worked in the early years of the 20th century and was famous for freeing the bosom (he banished the corset) but binding the feet (he introduced the hobble skirt). This upcoming display of his rarely seen, heavily embellished cocoon coats and other lavish ensembles is being set up in the museum's first-floor galleries rather than the Costume Institute's usual digs in the museum's basement, which befits a guy who called his 1931 autobiography The King of Fashion. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave, 212-535-7710

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