Thursday, March 7, 2013

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE; A Magnificent Exhibition

For the first time ever in Paris, fashion capital of the world, an exhibition is bringing together a hundred haute couture dresses and outfits by designers such as Worth, Doucet, Poiret, Lanvin, Chanel, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Grès, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacroix, Alaïa and many more.... Organized in collaboration with the Galliera Museum - under the artistic direction of Olivier Saillard - the Paris haute couture invites the viewer to admire these exceptional garments, chosen from the most beautiful pieces in the museum's collections. A unique opportunity to discover a number of masterpieces, many of which have never been seen before.

Haute couture was born in Paris in the mid-19th century and since then generations of designers have transformed this supposedly frivolous discipline into high art, drawing on the skill of thousands little hands, like those of the embroiderers and plumassiers (feather workers), whose work in the shadows has kept alive the traditions that help maintain Paris' influence on fashion all over the world.

The exhibition enjoys the exceptional support of Swarovski. This close collaboration began in 1900, when the designer Worth created garments embroidered with Swarovski crystals. Jeanne Lanvin, Gabrielle Chanel and Elsa Shiaparelli made sparing use of these crystals, whereas in the 50s, Jacques Fath and Cristobal Balenciaga used extravagant amount of crystals in their collections.


PARIS
HAUTE COUTURE
Alaïa, bandage dress, 1990
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Balenciaga, 1967
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Christian Dior, Palmyre evening gown, F/W 1952
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Lanvin, Concerto, winter 1934-1935
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Jérôme, evening gown, c. 1925
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Details, Jérôme, evening gown, c. 1925
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Patou, Nuit de Chine
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Worth, Tea gown, 1895
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Lacroix, 1991
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Madeleine Vionnet, evening gown, 1924
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Madeleine Vionnet, Dress c. 1931
© Musée Galliera, Ville de Paris, rights reserved, 2013

Christian Dior by John Galliano, Sheherazade evening outfit, S/S 1998
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Schiaparelli, evening gloves, C. 1936.
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Hotel de Ville, salle Saint-Jean, Paris
March 2 - July 6, 2013
To view the installation, click here.
Courtesy of the Musée Galliera and the Mairie de Paris



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