French fashion, an important industry, became a strong symbolic tool to assert the power and predominance of Gallic culture and to differenti-ate the French from their enemies. Fashion illustrators, largely unemployed by this business for the duration of the conflict, turned their talents to supporting the war effort in a variety of venues.
Modes de Printemps: Berlin-Vienne-Constantinople Odette Champion. Fantasio. Paris: Felix Juven, 
Rare Book Collection, Gift of Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein
Odette Champion depicted the spring fashions in Berlin, Vienna, and Constantinople. "Le dernier cri" of the Axis would not pass muster in Paris. The physique and style of the breast-plated Prussian model are grotesque. Even additions of an upside-down pyramid or a peacock feather cannot make the pickelhaube helmet fashionable. The Viennese designs seem inspired by Gustav Klimt, albeit with a motif of skulls. Although not specifically a fashion magazine, Fantasio employed many fashion illustrators who commented on the war with illustrations approximating fashion plates.
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