The Sari in Paris Fashion: 1910 to 1940

Jaya Misra
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

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Title
The Sari in Paris Fashion: 1910 to 1940
Contributor Names
Misra, Jaya (Author)
Font, Lourdes (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023
Department: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Advisors: Font, Lourdes
Committee members: Byrd, Sarah; Robertson, Nancy; Montegut, Denyse; Davidson, Hilary; Carlson, Brooke
Abstract
The Sari is perhaps the most recognizable and influential garment from the Indian subcontinent. Despite its extensive influence and complex history within international fashion, it is often solely associated with Orientalism—an association which has caused the nuances of its history to be overlooked. This paper begins with an overview of the Sari and then goes on to analyze a variety of sources, primarily articles from the fashion press and extant garments, to understand the major and minor ways in which the Sari influenced Paris fashion between 1910 and 1940. It highlights the Parisian designers and their clients, who contributed to its popularity in fashion. It reconstructs the Sari’s journey in context with the major developments of early twentieth-century fashion, beginning with Avant-Garde Modernism around the 1910s to the Neoclassical Modernism of the 1930s. In the process, it illustrates the Sari’s many roles; as medium, influence and ultimately as a fashionable garment in its own right. This paper advocates for a more nuanced approach to studying fashion history—one which moves away from essentialized views of “East” and “West.” The understanding of the extent of the Sari’s influence on and presence within Paris fashion is a step towards reducing its isolation from mainstream fashion studies.
Keywords: Fashion; Fashion history; Neoclassical modernism; Orientalism; Paris; Sari
Subject
Fashion
History
Art--History
Neoclassicism (Art)
Modernism (Aesthetics)
Orientalism
Paris (France)
Sari
Art history
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FIT Repository ID: etd_000943
ISBN: 9798379899530
pqdiss: 30522510
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Language
English
Publisher
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Misra, J. (2023). The Sari in Paris Fashion: 1910 to 1940 [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120822
Misra, Jaya. The Sari in Paris Fashion: 1910 to 1940. 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120822
Misra, Jaya. "The Sari in Paris Fashion: 1910 to 1940." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120822