Mannequins – Corps de la mode

MANNEQUIN-LE-CORPS-DE-LA-MODE-CITE-DE-LA-MODE-ET-DU-DESIGN-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.

mannequin_corps_de_la_mode_illuOften 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.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Mannequins – Corps de la mode

  1. ddoosterhoff says:

    Oh, damn. Why does my teleporter have to be in the shop *now*? Oh, how I would love to see this exhibit. I’ll bet there’s a catalogue … maybe still available when you get to Paris later this year?

    Also, I wasn’t aware that the true pronunciation of “mannequin” (manKAN) doesn’t have that little short-a sound that we English speakers tend to stick in the middle of the two syllables.

    • Your teleporter’s on the fritz too? I’ll actually be in Paris next weekend (student trip) but with no time to call my own. As for the pronunciation, an unaccented “e” in the middle of the word is not pronounced i.e. acheter = ashTAY. Good luck with your teleporter!

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