“Musée Galliera”

“The 18th century back in fashion” currently at the Grand Trianon

Versailles, 5 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Chateau de Versailles and Galliera museum (museum of Fashion of Paris) are currently juxtaposing costumes from the 18th century with masterpieces by recognised fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event, entitled “The 18th century back in fashion” is on show at the Grand Trianon until 9 October. The 18th century is well–known for having inspired dress–making. Since 1800, fashion continues to refer back to this period, both for female and male dress, textiles and accessories. It reincarnates the spirits of Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Barry and Marie Antoinette, all of whom were figures of fascination and frivolity. Through the exhibition, the public can admire how designer appropriate the era to current trends. Some almost entirely copy the 18th century silhouettes, whilst others deconstruct them or change their sizes, using silks, embroideries and lace. Amongst the outfits presented, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain propose evening gowns with typical 18th century embroidery; Vivienne Westwood breathes life into her smart concubines; Karl Lagerfield evokes Watteau with his French dresses; and Christian Lacroix exhibits drapes decorated with precious stones. Other designers include Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier, amongst others. The pieces presented come from the archives of fashion houses and the Galliera’s own collection. The exhibition has been organised by three members of the Galliera museum: Olivier Saillard (director), Pascale Gorguet–Ballestero (chief curator) and Laurent Cotta (in charge of contemporary creation within the...

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“Madame Grès, la couture à l’œuvre” at Musée Bourdelle

Paris, 16 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). “Madame Grès, La Couture à L’Oeuvre” is the first retrospective in Paris of the work of this visionary couturier, an amazing exhibition organized by the Musée Galliera, and showcased at Musée Bourdelle. The event was expected to end on 24 July however its closing date has been delayed to 28 August. In 1933, outfits by the not–yet Madame Grès (her real name was Germaine Krebs), were presented by the couture maison Alix. In 1942, she opened her own couture house that she directed until 1988. Mainly famous for her use of jersey and draping, Madame Grès symbolizes the very essence of couture, the rigour of minimalism. She transformed women into goddesses and used to say: “I wanted to be a sculptor. For me, it’s the same thing to work the fabric or the stone”. Her quest took her to ancient world, as well sa North Africa and India: a 50 year journey of hellenistic statues and uncompromising minimalism, of which she was the precursor in the fashion world.   The exhibition features 80 pieces from the Musée Galliera and loans from private collections and contemporary designers. The event’s star pieces are her famous draped evening dresses, which earned her the 1976 Dé d’Or. Her creations have been photographed by the greatest photographers, including Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin, and published in fashion...

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