The musée Galliera is holding another exhibit hors-les-murs at the ultra-modern Docks – Cité de la mode et du Design. It’s entitled Mannequins – Corps de la mode (mankan kor duh lah mowed) which means “Models – Bodies of Fashion.” The exhibit started in Arles and proved so popular that it was adopted by the fashion capital. It traces the business of fashion photography from the earliest magazine layouts from the 19th century to the modern day. There are nearly 120 photographs, mostly from the museum’s collection intermingled with items that evoke the world of haute couture such as store window mannequins and dress maker’s dummies.
Often anonymous, models exist to show the clothes to best advantage whether before clients in an haute couture salon or in front of a camera lens. Sometimes, of course, they become as famous as the couturiers whose designs they wear. The models exist as idealized examples of youth and beauty. Although made of flesh and blood, they are fundamentally unreal, striking unnatural poses, transformed by makeup and Photoshop. Their bodies represent the archetype of perfection of each successive generation. What makes this exhibit different from, say, the Helmut Newton exhibit of the past summer, is that it is presented from the point of view of the models instead of the photographers. Personally, the vintage photos caught my eye much more than the edgier modern ones, but I still wish I could see it in person, instead of on the internet. It’s on until May 19, 2013.
- Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscars Dress Is Straight Off The Dior Haute Couture Runway (shefinds.com)
- Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture – 2013 Academy Awards (glamazondiaries.com)
- ‘Model, The Body Of Fashion’ Exhibition Opens At Paris’ Musée Galliera (styleblazer.com)