What does he have in common with Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, and Cecil Beaton?
HINT: For a clue, compare the NHL description of King of Fashion to Cecil Beaton's I Take Great Pleasure.
The answer is after the JUMP.
It included a stop in San Diego in which Poiret reproached his audience for their conformity. "Look at yourselves, you all have a bouquet of flowers pinned in the same place," he complained. Sadly, the audience grasped the specifics of his admonition without ever abandoning the herd instinct that was the underlying basis for his complaint. At the lecture's conclusion, a janitor presented Poiret with the mass of flowers that had been uniformly discarded by the attendees.
Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's Harold Koda discussing the ingenuity and craftsmanship of this Poiret coat: