I’ve really got to get back to Paris because a new exhibit is opening at the musée d’Orsay that I really want to see. L’impressionisme et la mode will open on September 25, the same day that Fashion Week starts in Paris. Through the paintings of Impressionists such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Caillebotte, the exhibit will highlight the style of the era. Guy Cogeval, museum director and curator of this exhibit, explains that Impressionism and high fashion were born at the same moment. The exhibit unites the best Impressionist canvases from three of the world’s greatest museums: the d’Orsay, the Met in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Alongside the paintings will be displayed 30 dresses of the era from the archives of Parisian fashion museums. You’ll feel like you’re walking the streets of Haussmanian Paris until January 20, 2013.
But I’m in luck! The exhibit will travel next to the Met from February 19 to May 27, 2013 and then off to Chicago from June 30 to September 22, 2013. I will SO be there! (But I’d still like to see it in Paris.)
Today’s expression, une coupe mode (oon coop mowed) means “a fashionable cut.” The top hats and corsets of the late 19th century may no longer be fashionable, but they certainly were – and are – beautiful.