Must-see: FASHION FORWARD

Hello everyone!

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…

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la « robe à la française » (around 1735)

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!

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Chanel dress, in the Roaring twenties!

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The shapes are straight and better suited to a more active life.

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The famous « Phoebe » cape of Schiaparelli!

In the nave of the museum are gathered all the contemporary outfits, from the 1940s to today.

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Dresses are now shorter, and Chanel has brought the « little black dress » into women wardrobes.

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A gorgeous ball gown by Dior…!

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Dior and the « New Look » wave in the 1950s

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A pretty cocktail dress by Balenciaga!

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Beautiful embroideries on a beautiful Dior dress

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COMME DES GARÇONS, the new japanese brand in the 1980s

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Paco Rabbane and his legendary metallic dresses…

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The awesome Guy Laroche dress worn by Mireille Darc in the film « Le grand blond »

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In the bottom: a dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe!

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An original creation by Kenzo!

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Saint laurent and his « Picasso » dress

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YSL colourful style

We clearly see the « baby boom » effect (in the sixties): fahion panics and sees all the colors!

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Vivienne Westwood and her legendary excentricity!

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The emblematic 6Os style, that is fashionable today again!

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Original coat by Courrèges

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YSL in the 1970s- pants have become mainstream in women closets!

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In the 1980s, Japanese designers introduce destructuration in fashion…

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H&M exclusive label… Ready-to-wear also produces exceptionnal clothes!

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Chanel (s/s 15)

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Valentino haute couture (F/W 15-16)

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
75001 Paris

Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Métro : Palais-Royal, Pyramides ou Tuileries

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