When Fashion Met Art
Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity
Given their paintings spanned all manner of subjects from gentlemen strolling in dress suits, to genteel, parasol-carrying ladies wrapped in sumptuous fabrics, and tutu-clad ballerinas, it’s somewhat surprising an exhibition exploring the relationship between the Impressionists and fashion has not been staged until now. After all the Impressionist era and the evolution of the modern fashion industry occurred simultaneously in the second half of the C.19th, when the creating, marketing, retailing and discussion of style became more than just a bourgeois pastime.
Now, via 75 works of the most prolific and revered Impressionists including Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Seurat, as well as fashion portraitists Jean Béraud, Carolus-Duran, Alfred Stevens, and James Tissot, the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibition explores this creative correlation. The lavish display has even borrowed 19 bonafide period outfits and accessories from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to serve as in-situ comparisons – one such example is the white and purple summer dress worn by Prosperie Bartholome in her husband Paul-Albert’s ‘In the Conservatory’. The show has already proved a hit at Musée d’Orsay and the Met – don’t miss your chance to catch its final run at Chicago’s Art Institute.