True hymn to oriental women, the exhibition reveals another aspect of femininity, from the North of Syria to the Sinai peninsula, introducing an exceptional collection of 150 traditional costumes and accessories, selected by Christian Lacroix, in co-operation with Hana Chidiac, Head of the North African and Near East department at the museum. A poetic journey punctuated by sumptuous garments: festive dresses, coats, veils and headdresses which comprised the bride's trousseau illustrate the continuity of the traditions and knowledge developed and transmitted from mother to daughter.
Guided by colored threads on black cotton, by silver lame and striped silk linings, by the cut of winged dresses and the tie-dye fabrics, Christian Lacroix has been inspired to select a remarkable group of garments. He has conceived the route through the exhibition as a poetical perambulation. The garments form a motionless, hovering procession. They inhabit a colorful world where, bathed in warm and comforting light, the designer's imagination is projected into a dreamlike East.
Poster designed by Christian Lacroix
Dara'a, festive coat, Syria, around 1930
Dara'a, festive coat, Syria, around 1965
Wedding dress, Khan Cheikhoun Asia, 1930
Burqa, Veil, Bedouin women, 1920-1930
Burqa, Veil, Bedouin women, 20c
Burqa, Bedouin women
Sakrouj, Bedouine headdress, Coiffe, 20c
Sakrouj, Bedouine headdress, 20c
Chatwe, Palestinian women headdress, around 1925
Courtesy Musee du Quai Branly, Paris
"Women in Orient" is placed under the patronage of Mrs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozi
The exhibition is on view from February 8 to May 15, 2011