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Koda and Bolton, who both curate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, offer the catalog raisonné to a recent show on French fashion designer Paul Poiret (1879-1944). (In 2005, the museum acquired a number of Poiret designs auctioned by his widow.) Containing personal photographs from the Poiret family archives as well as newly commissioned photographs of the designer's work, the catalog opens with an introduction by Nancy J. Troy (modern art history, Univ. of Southern California). This is then followed by scholarly essays by leading art and design historians exploring the many facets of the couturier's work. Poiret liberated women from the corset by creating tunic dresses that draped from the shoulders and harem trousers based on orientalist fantasies. His fashions-rendered in bright colors and made of luxurious fabrics-were like wearable works of art, and they appealed to such wealthy and artistic clients as actress Sarah Bernhardt, dancer Isadora Duncan, and heiress/activist/artist Nancy Cunard. A handsomely designed book with beautiful illustrations, this tome is recommended for academic and art libraries that collect books on fashion and design.