I’m deeming Fashion Forward: 3 Siècles de Mode (1715-2016) the first great costume exhibit of 2016. I have very high standards of judging fashion exhibits, as I’ve approximately seen four to six shows every year since moving here in 2005, so it’s not easy to impress me.
I didn’t have the highest expectations going in because the exhibit didn’t have a particular theme or focus, just a selection of 300 costumes pulled from the permanent archives of 150,000 historical items of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.
One of the things I didn’t know before seeing the show was it was art directed by one of the most talented choreographer’s working today, Christopher Wheeldon, a former New York City Ballet star and Tony Award winner for the stage adaptation of An American in Paris. He has brought a fresh flair to the exhibit and breathed new life into what could have been a mundane collection of old clothes on display. He also collaborated with dancers of the Opera de Paris to give it another dimension.
The show starts off with intimately lit vignettes of clothes from the late 17th century with sumptuous backgrounds giving the various time period’s some context. On the other side of the vignettes are vitrines with accessories such as a collection of ornate fans and very delicate shoes. The graduation of the different eras of fashion moves organically and one isn’t rushed or forced to the next phase of the exhibition. A dramatic ending, natural for fashion, is the showing of mid- to late 20th century fashion on a series of white floating staircases in the high ceilinged center hall of the museum.
Some of the designers included in the show are Charles-Frederick Worth, Jacques Doucet, Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
A must see!
Till August 14
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