Thursday, November 25, 2010

Les Arts Decoratifs

Should you find yourself in Paris with nothing to do over the next few months, the museum of Les Arts Decoratifs is holding an exhibition on fashion (ready to wear as well as couture) of the entire decade of the 1990s. Although the uninitiated may remember the 1990s as a black hole in fashion, the museum (and I) see this period as one of the watersheds of modern fashion. This is when some of the most laudable designers we see today got their footing and began their style evolution.

Included in the exhibit are Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga (Nicholas Chesquiere), Chanel (Karl Lagerfeld), Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior (John Galliano), Lanvin (Claude Montana and Alber Elbaz), Gucci (Tom Ford), Viktor and Rolf, Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Ann Demeuleester, Alexander McQueen and Issey Miyake.

The collection offers a glimpse into the artistic stylings of these designers, showing visitors their creative evolution through the 1990s, and elucidating how designers paid homage to their predecessors. Divided into categories of artistic styling and geography, the exhibition also hopes to show how these designers became front runners among their peers.

Posted by: Carla

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