Fashion in France, 1947-1957
In the wake of WWII, during which women had been compelled to slip on overalls, roll up their sleeves and take to the factory line, feminine fashion was in something of a slump, especially with the added strain of rationing and the nation’s gloomy post-war mood. However, in 1947 one man was set to change all of that with the unveiling of an iconic silhouette – the pointed bust, wasp waist, and full skirt, a look that would go on to become synonymous with the 50s today, even though at the time it was a point of contention for its generosity with fabric. That man was, of course, the godfather of French fashion Christian Dior, and his movement, the ‘New Look’, marks the point at which museum Palais Galliera begins its glamorous insight into post-war French fashion, continuing right up until the debut of Yves Saint Laurent in 1957.
Gathered together from among the museum’s prestigious archives are some 100 robes and accessories from big-hitters such as Chanel, Balenciaga, and Schiaparelli, as well as others now forgotten like Jean Dessès and Lola Prusac. The exhibition also examines the seminal move from haute couture to ready-to-wear, in which YSL played a huge role, and Paris regained its crown as the world’s fashion capital. Don’t miss standouts like Jacques Fath’s evening gown with an embellished gold-bead bust and a full skirt of cream tulle, or Louis Féraud’s belted and buttoned afternoon dress in white cotton with a toile de Jouy motif. Vintage chic!
Until 2nd November, 2014.
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