FASHION FORWARD, Three Centuries of Fashion

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs hosts a unique and fantastic exhibition:
Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion


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At the present time, Paris, the fashion Capital, hosts this exhibition named “Fashion Forward, Trois siècles de mode” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary of its fashion branch… This is one of the richest collections in the world which gives us the unique opportunity to admire for the first time more than three hundred exclusive pieces, selected from a collection constantly enriched by donations and acquisitions…

This exhibition brings together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview. It will take you, visitors, on a journey through time and highlight key moments in fashion history from the 18th century to our time…

Among all these unique pieces, we will discover: the robe of Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI, the so-called robe à la française, the costumes of the Emperor Napoleon and the Empress Josephine, the crinolines from the Second Empire, as well as, the first works of Jacques Doucet, the Art Nouveau aesthetic of the early 1900s, exclusive haute couture and ready-to-wear designs with a focus on iconic couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Gabrielle Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Balmain, …

Fashion is even more fascinating when it is not self-generating but open dialogues with the arts of its time! Through all this, you will also discover the evolution of techniques, materials and designs, the garments through its human, artistic and social context, some stories about the costumes as well as many decorative pieces of arts…

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From April 7th to August 14th 2016, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs offers you the unique and exclusive opportunity to admire an all-embracing panorama of fashion history over several centuries!


Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

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