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1989 [1883]: 56) These new commercial merchandising techniques did not escape the attention of the avant-garde artists Picasso and Braque, who seized upon the opportunity to appropriate small sections of commercial logos into their collaged work. The papier collé entitled Au Bon Marché of 1913 is an exception in so far as Picasso appropriates a large lingerie advertisement without alteration or fragmentation from Samaritaine, a major Paris department store, and juxtaposes it with another large lingerie advertisement from its commercial rival, the Bon Marché department store.

Quentin Bell, who relies heavily on Veblen’s work to provide a framework for his own study, argues that this theory is limited because it is time(or period-) specific—in this case, to a nineteenth-century sociological determinant. Bell’s classic text On Human Finery refers to this as ‘class solidarity’, and concludes that ‘the usual desire of the great majority of those who follow fashion is not so much to achieve personal distinction, as to emerge discreetly into a “distinguished class”’ (1992: 181).

He created hundreds of garments for the influential Empress Eugenie who, after she married Napoleon III, set the fashionable taste in the royal court at a time when the demand for luxury goods reached levels unsurpassed since the French Revolution of 1789. In 1869, the empress officially appointed the House of Worth as the court dressmaker, and Worth’s label bore the royal crest. The success of his fashion empire was also measured by his employment of 1,200 workers by 1870. For the opening of the Suez Canal—an important historical event—the empress felt that she needed no fewer than 250 of Worth’s dresses.

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