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Joyce Gallery: Chantal Thomass and Paco Rabanne

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The Joyce Gallery in the Palais Royal always has great windows with the work of fashion designers. A few weeks ago, I spotted an exhibition celebrating the 40 plus years of the designs of French designer Chantal Thomass. An auction of Thomass’s clothes and accessories was held at Drouot on May 6. Thomass is known mostly for her sexy lingerie designs which include garters and corsets and has a lingerie boutique on rue Saint Honore. 

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I returned the following week to the Palais Royal and there was a new fashion display at the Joyce Gallery, a sampling of designer Paco Rabanne’s work. The pieces are from Rabanne’s collections designed for the runway, which were collected by pianist Jorge Zulueta and the late Jacobo Romano, who founded the Argentine theater and music company Grupo Acción Instrumenta. The pair used them as costumes for their operas and shows. They originally had a collection of 400 pieces of clothing and 200 accessories and some were sold at auction in 2012 and 2014. The remainder of 182 outfits from the collection will be sold by the auction house Millon on May 31. Rabanne used a mélange of  unconventional materials including silver reflectors, molded plastic, crumpled paper, and hammered metal. 

Joyce Gallery 

168 Galerie de Valois, 75001

https://www.joyce.com/gallery/

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