En coulisses

5A9EA8BE-A160-4796-9C56-00655AFB01C0Today I got the news that I knew was inevitable, the summer program in Paris where I have worked for a decade will not run this year. As the French economy begins to re-open, there is currently no word on when restaurants, museums, and cultural events may resume. Without those in place, we would be rather hard pressed to provide a full Paris experience to students from around the world.

043CED26-5E28-4159-B955-F3E0D64B44F6Since armchair traveling is still all that we can currently do, I was delighted to go en coulisses, or backstage of the most beautiful fashion exhibit I’ve ever seen, the stunning seventieth anniversary Christian Dior at the Musée des Arts Décoratif from 2017. Available on Youtube, Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams goes in depth with curators, skilled seamstresses, and designers about all that went into creating that magnificent exhibit.

C7706A52-8943-422E-AC84-2860F2548708If you saw it, you’ll remember the ethereal white paper flowers cascading from the ceiling. In this video, you can see people shaping each paper flower by hand. You’ll see how mannequins are padded to perfectly fill out a vintage dress from the archives. You’ll see a curator make sure that the mannequin displaying the iconic Bar suit is perfectly straight, “No, definitely one more centimeter. Now it’s perfect.” With care like this, it’s no wonder that this exhibit was amazing. If you got to see it, this video will give you more insight and if you didn’t, you can still experience much of the beauty. It’s good for armchair traveling until we have more options.

92866A1D-0DA5-4456-B02C-631E189A3582Christian Dior

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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