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Exhibition

Jul 12 - Nov 02

2014
Palais Galliera, 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris, , 75116, France
  • “The 50’s: Fashion in France 1947-1957” exhibition at Palais Galliera, Paris

  • “The 50’s: Fashion in France 1947-1957” exhibition at Palais Galliera, Paris

  • “The 50’s: Fashion in France 1947-1957” exhibition at Palais Galliera, Paris

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“The 50’s: Fashion in France 1947-1957” exhibition at Palais Galliera, Paris

A new exhibition at Palais Galliera pays homage to the golden era of French haute couture: the 50´s. With more than 100 outfits and accessories, “Fashion in France 1947-1957” covers a decisive period for French haute couture, which “had suffered badly in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash and the war and was now reborn and made eternal”. The exhibition retraces the evolution of the female form during this decade, from Dior’s revolutionary New Look, with its feminine hourglass figure and its extravagant use of fabric, and Balenciaga’s “barrel” line, with its flared back and waist, to the radically innovative Chanel line of 1954 and its simple, straight suits.

The list of designers includes Jacques Heim, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga or Jacques Fath, making up the old guard; followed by newcomers Pierre Balmain, Jacques Griffe, Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Cardin. The showcase also gives space to lesser-known couturiers like Jean Dessès, Madeleine Vramant or Lola Prusac, offering the general public the chance to rediscover their iconic creations.

“The 1950s was the last major period of elegance and the swansong of haute couture with the advent of ready-to-wear,” says Olivier Saillard, director of Palais Galliera and curator of the show. The exhibition’s one-of-a-kind pieces, which are drawn from the impressive collection of Palais Galliera, cover the line between the consolidation of haute couture and the birth of prêt-à-porter, giving an important history lesson and honoring, at the same time, the ever inspiring French elegance, luxury and originality.