The must-see exhibit in Paris this spring is free. The Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville) is hosting “Paris Haute Couture” featuring the most beautiful pieces selected from the musée Galliera as well as other prestigious institutions, many of which have never before been on display. (The Galliera is scheduled to reopen in September 2013 after a multi-year renovation.) Over 100 dresses tell the story of 150 years of the fashion industry in Paris. They are accompanied by documents, photographs, and sketches that complete the history of French fashion. Some of the design legends featured are Worth, Poiret, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Grès, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibit is open now until July 6, 2013 from 10 am until 7 pm. It is closed Sundays and holidays.
Today’s expression, en vogue (ohn vohg), means “in style.” If you get a chance to see this exhibit, you’ll certainly see that what’s in style has changed drastically over the past 150 years. Whether our waists have been squeezed with corsets, free in flapper dresses, raised right under the bust-line, or dropped near our hips, the beauty of high fashion and France’s place at the center of this rarefied universe is always en vogue.
- Paris Haute Couture Opens at Hôtel de Ville (spindleandcanisterblog.com)
- Dreaming of “Paris Haute Couture” Exhibit (cameoblog.com)
- Haute couture for all: a history of style in 100 dresses (guardian.co.uk)
- Mannequins – Corps de la mode (onequalitythefinest.com)