The Value of Research Findings – Paul Poiret and the Un-Corseted Dress

There are always benefits in any research as it is the means to further understand a specific topic. In terms of the research carried out as part of this assignment, below are the key points of note from my perspective:

  • Deepening knowledge on the topic: Researching the designer Paul Poiret (subject) is the path to understanding the topic researched, the motivation, the vision and the creations.
  • Demystifying any unfounded statements or dubiety: Deeping the knowledge on something will also clear any dubiety or “urban myths” that may have emerged in time due to lack of understanding of the topic.
  • Understanding why then and not any other time: Positioning a topic in its social, economic and political context can provide the answers to why that event occurred at that specific time and not earlier or later. It is important that fashion design practice takes into consideration external factors as that will be vital to understanding (or creating) the tendencies at one given time. It can make the difference between success and failure if context is not taken into account.
  • Learning from previous experience: for instance the fact that tin washers were used in the 1900’s caused disintegration is one of the main reasons we don’t have a wide selection of garments in good condition from that era (Kerry Taylor, 2013, London, Vintage Fashion & Couture, Mitchell Beazley, an imprint of Octopus) Fabric care is key for the garment’s life span (as much as realistically possible for each type of fabric obviously). The rise and fall of Poiret is also worth studying to help future entrepreneurs prepare better for a successful business.
  • Promote debate: Researching and understanding a subject forces you to think and challenge your findings, which can result in an improvement of the subject itself. For instance, researching a technique used years ago, may lead to further experimentation and improvement of that technique for use in the future.
  • Self-learning: deepening the knowledge about the subject of the research and potentially indirectly “opening the horizons” to other topics not considered before.