Tag Archives: haute couture

Le roi de la mode française

French fashion designer Pierre Balmain was born on May 18, 1914. He was studying architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1934 when Edward Molyneux offered him a job. He had already undertaken some freelance design drawing work … Continue reading

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La première

I recently watched Dior and I, a documentary about the first haute couture collection Raf Simons made as head of Dior in 2012. (Simons recently stepped down and a successor has not yet been appointed.) It was a fascinating peek … Continue reading

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Un Roman d’une garde-robe

Even though the Palais Galliera has re-opened, the hors-les-murs exhibits are continuing. When I am in Paris over Thanksgiving, I am totally going to see the exhibit Un Roman d’une garde-robe (uhn romahn doon guard rob), which means “The Novel … Continue reading

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Les doigts de pieds en éventail

I had so hoped to see the Paris Haute Couture show at the Hôtel de Ville when I was in France recently, but no luck. The exhibit doesn’t just feature 100 beautiful dresses that span 150 years of French fashion … Continue reading

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Une Parure

A few days ago, I wrote about the Haute Couture show at the Paris City Hall. In their materials on the web page, they had a list of important dates in the history of French Couture. Here is the translation … Continue reading

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En vogue

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 … Continue reading

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Une archiviste de la mode

Every year, the school where I work has a career day, just like my own high school did when I was sitting on the other side of the desk. They feature all the usual suspects, but they’ve never had fashion … Continue reading

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Mannequins – Corps de la mode

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.” … Continue reading

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De toutes ses forces

The father of haute couture, Charles Worth, was born on October 13, 1826 in England. He moved to Paris in 1846 after having been hired by a fabric shop. He married one of the models who worked there and began … Continue reading

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Les petites mains

The House of Lesage in Paris has been the go-to destination for couture embroidery for over 60 years. Whatever fantastic creation the designers could dream up, François Lesage could produce, even if some of the gowns took 1,000 hours to … Continue reading

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