FASHION: ‘Le XVIIIe au goût du jour’ at Versailles

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After the exhibition devoted to Madame Grés at the Musée Bourdelle, the Musée Galliera, closed until 2012 for major renovations, curates a new exhibition, this time in the plush apartments of the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Dedicated to the influence of the 18th century on modern fashion, the historical exhibition presents 50 models by great designers of the 20th century that dialogue with costumes and accessories from the 18th century. Influencing all the European courts, 18th-century French culture was embodied by Madame de Pompadour, Madame Du Barry and even more so Marie-Antoinette – paragons of frivolity who have always fascinated the cinema, literature and the fashion world: Vivienne Westwood brings back brazen courtesans, fashionable Belles are corsetted by Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel invites Watteau, Martin Margiela transforms men’s garments into women’s, Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga turns women into marquis and Alexander McQueen for Givenchy clothes his marquises in vests embroidered with gold thread…
Until 9 Oct. Noon-6.30pm (closed Mon).

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