Learn more

(Partner article) Wherever we are in the world, when we think of Paris, we think of haute couture. But how has the City of Light gained the reputation of the fashion capital of the world? Answer with the exhibition "Paris, Capital of Fashion"Open from September 6 to January 4, 2020 at the Museum at FIT.

Organized by Valerie Steele, director of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the exhibition presents a hundred objects from the eighteenth century to the present day. In the first part of the exhibition, for example, an original Chanel tailor is compared to an almost identical copy sold at the time by Orbach's stores in the United States: a perfect illustration of the influence of Parisian fashion up to Uncle Sam's country.

Passing through a second gallery, visitors will be immersed in the mythical glamor of Parisian fashion, with a trip to the time of the court of Versailles. A French dress dating from the eighteenth century is juxtaposed with a haute couture creation by Christian Dior inspired by Marie Antoinette. Clothing and accessories come from many museums in Europe and North America, as well as private collections.

The development of haute couture has transformed the women's fashion industry from small-scale craftsmanship to international production. Slow down by the Second World War, haute couture then experienced a new golden age in France, until being recognized as inseparable from French heritage in the 1980s. globalization, many designers of various nationalities always choose to present their collections in Paris.

In parallel with the exhibition, a discussion will be organized on October 18, 2019, from 10am to 5pm. Among the speakers: Miren Arzalluz, director of the Palais Galliera (formerly the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris); Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT; and designer Sophie Theallet. Reservation (free) is required.

The exhibition "Paris Capital of Fashion" was made possible thanks to the generosity of The Museum at FIT's Couture Council, The Coby Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support was provided by Chargeurs Philanthropies and Leach, a branch of Chargeurs. This project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The video capture of the discussion is partly funded by a NYSCA / TDF TAP Plus grant.

In addition to the exhibition and discussion, a book Paris, Capital of Fashion written by Valerie Steele, also author of the book Paris Fashion: A Cultural History will be sold.

Sure Twitter and Instagram, use #ParisCapitalofFashion to discover or share content on the show.

Note: "Partner Articles" are not articles in French Morning's editorial staff. They are provided by or written to the order of an advertiser who determines the content.

Learn more


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here