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Paris Haute Couture Exalts Masters Both Past and Present


Exhibition view of Paris Haute Couture at the city’s Hôtel de Ville, curated by Olivier Saillard/Musée Galliera. Photo via Dazed Digital.

The Musée Galliera’s maverick director, Olivier Saillard, has spun yet another historical thread of fashion magic into a show-stopping exhibition with his latest and greatest: Paris Haute Couture, both a study in high craft and an exaltation of the masters of this singularly French (or Parisian anyway, adopted or otherwise), tradition.  100 dresses comprise a visual survey spanning 150 years of singularly-minded design by the likes of Worth (the founder and father of Haute Couture), Chanel, Vionnet, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Courrèges, and even young, contemporary designers such as Alexis Mabille.  On view through 6 July 2013, this is sure to be a benchmark exhibition, much like Saillard’s previous Galliera exhibits on Madame Grès and Balenciaga (the latter on a quieter scale).

For those on foreign shores, this short video features a short teaser of the exhibition with Saillard himself.  Scroll down for a selection of dresses on view.


Exposition Haute Couture à l’Hôtel de Ville by mairiedeparis


Balenciaga, Evening ensemble of top + skirt, August 1967. Collection ©Musée Galliera, City of Paris, 2013

Schiaparelli, Evening gloves, circa 1936. Collection ©Musée Galliera, City of Paris, 2013

Jeanne Lanvin, “Concerto” evening dress, Winter 1934-35. Collection ©Musée Galliera, City of Paris, 2013

Balenciaga, Evening dress, F/W 1960. Collection ©Musée Galliera, City of Paris, 2013

Jeanne Lanvin, Evening dress, 1929. Collection ©Musée Galliera, City of Paris, 2013

Worth,Tea gown, circa 1895. Collection ©Musée Galliera, City of Paris, 2013

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