Fashion exhibits are blossoming everywhere in the world this year, and I was lucky to see one of them; FASHION FORWARD, three centuries of fashion takes place in the musuem of Les Arts décoratifs up to August 14.
The exhibition is terrific, it is really worth to be seen. It presents something very unusual and interesting, because in addition to the clothes history, one focuses on the evolution of our society through centuries. Clothes are the mirror of an era …
It starts with beautiful, rich trappings and outfits from the Louis XIV period. Men’s clothes were more elaborate, with more details than the women’s ones, moreover the crinoline was imposing and the corset very restrictive…
Time goes, and we see the dresses evolving over the years. The clothes are simplified and become lighter.
Around 1800, dresses become lighter again and « empire dresses » appear. This fashion was inspired by Greek antiquity.
This fashion leads to the romantic period in which women wear bell-shaped petticoats and a lower waist. Oh, and don’t forget the umbrellas…
Then the crinoline comes back, but this time in the back.
We are now in the early 1900s, while the fashion designer Paul Poiret « liberates » women. Coco Chanel is getting famous for her low-waisted and short dresses, so avant-garde!
The shapes are straight and better suited to a more active life.
In the nave of the museum are gathered all the contemporary outfits, from the 1940s to today.
We clearly see the « baby boom » effect (in the sixties): fahion panics and sees all the colors!
To close this article, I would say that FASHION FORWARD is a great exhibition that enables you to see how fashion has evolved in the past 3 centuries, and makes you realize how much it is going to evolve in the next decades… Fashion will never be over!
- Where is it?
Les Arts Décoratifs – Nef
107 rue de Rivoli
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Métro : Palais-Royal, Pyramides ou Tuileries
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