The fashions of the late 40s and 50s possessed a certain style and elegance that was both distinctive and aesthetically appealing. With their clear demarcation of masculine and feminine looks they were also inherently romantic, a quality that we here at the Hotel Britannique enthusiastically endorse. Therefore we have no hesitation in recommending a new exhibition at the Palais Galliera museum of fashion.
The decade when Paris regained her fashion crown
The legendary Christian Dior launched the first collection from his fashion house in 1947. His idealized ‘flower woman’ had an hourglass figure with a prominent bust, cinched in waist and rounded hips. The fashions Dior created for this model figure were quickly dubbed the New Look and took the world by storm. Over the following years French haute couture regained the pre-eminence it had known earlier in the century and has remained strong ever since. Fashion In France, 1947 – 1957 at the Palais Galliera until November 2nd is an enthralling exhibition that charts this rebirth.
Around 100 items of apparel illustrate the fashion boom of a decade that saw the likes of Pierre Cardin and Hubert de Givenchy rise to prominence, and the development of ready to wear haute couture. Wasp-waisted suits, basques, petticoats, strapless sheath dresses, full skirts falling below mid-calf length and the more teenage oriented look of tight pullovers, pedal pushers and jeans can all be seen in this remarkable exhibition drawn from the museum’s own collections. The creations of both famous couturiers and those now largely forgotten chronicle the evolution of trendsetting clothing in what was perhaps fashion’s most enchanting decade.
- The 50s : Exhibition from July 12 to November 2, 2014
Palais Galliera, 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16e,
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