Fashion exhibitions (re) put on a show: 2020 program

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Between big names and timeless creations, the 2020 fashion exhibitions lift the veil on incessantly dreamed of universes. Overview of these privileged meetings in the land of the extraordinary.

Constantly evolving and reinventing itself, fashion is also worn, contemplated, and exhibited. She performs at Museum its most beautiful parades, throughexhibitions inspiring, where we learn more about the mysteries that this secret environment often keeps. Staging, daring subjects, unknown treasures, it must be said that the fashion at the museum has arguments to please. In 2018, Heavenly Bodies, the annual exhibition of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, attracted more than 1.65 million visitors, breaking the attendance record previously held by Tutankhamun in 1978. To Paris, in 2020, event fashion exhibitions are multiplying, inspired by some of the biggest names in the industry: Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaïa, Balanciaga, or even the painter and photographer Man Ray who has lost himself madly – and found – in this imaginary. Fashion exhibitions agenda not to be missed, in 2020 and early 2021.

© Museum of Decorative Arts

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris invites us to take a chic dive into the career of Thierry Mugler, a great fashion jack-of-all-trades. This retrospective looks back on the greatest successes of the creator and the many paths taken during his journey. Iconic models, catwalks, creations, haute-couture or even shows … 50 years of career summarized in a few incredible and memorable works. A beautiful (re) discovery of the universe of Thierry Mugler, with a capital T. We reserve our tickets!

  • When: from October 22, 2020 to April 4, 2021
  • Or : at the Decorative Arts Museum, 107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris 1e
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© Museum of Modern Art

Renowned model and fashion photographer, Sarah Moon is dedicated to a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, highlighting her greatest shots and retracing her career through films and photographs. During the exhibition, the public is invited to follow a course on which subtly chosen films and iconic shots follow one another in order to learn more about the personality of Sarah Moon and her creative process. A dive into the heart of his creativity on glossy paper.

  • When: of at
  • Or : at the Museum of Modern Art, 11, avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris 16th
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© Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Model and eternal muse of Yves Saint Laurent, Betty Catroux is in the spotlight in this exhibition located in the heart of the fashion house she has accompanied all her life. Fifty outfits from the wardrobe of the famous model are on display, highlighting his referential androgynous style, having caught the eye of Yves Saint Laurent. A great way to relive the “love at first sight” between these two beings whose fusional friendship has partly defined the contemporary wardrobe.

  • When: until October 11, 2020
  • Or : at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, 5 Avenue Marceau, Paris 16th
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© Luxembourg Museum

Painter, photographer but also director, Man Ray has often been deciphered through exhibitions. But for the first time, it is the relationship between the American painter and fashion that is being honored. Chanel, Poiret, Schiaparelli, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or even Vanity Fair, many of them have collaborated with the artist. Prodigies of inventiveness, the photographic works of Man Ray are, for the duration of an exhibition, put into context, recalling the exploits of the man who was one of the inventors of contemporary fashion photography.

  • When: from September 23, 2020 to January 17, 2021
  • Or : at the Luxembourg Museum, 19 rue de Vaugirard Paris 6e
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© National Center for Stage Costume

The exhibition, which combines fashion and dance costumes with poetry, is starting up again, showcasing some of the most beautiful artistic collaborations. Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace, Christian Lacroix and Olivier Rousteing have created unparalleled costumes, which the dancers have subsequently sublimated on stage. No less than 120 costumes are staged to pay tribute to a work of imagination and movement. One art, carried by another.

  • When: until November 1, 2020
  • Or : at the National Center for Stage Costume, Villars Districts – Route de Montilly, Moulins
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© Palace of the Golden Gate

Shoe designer and key figure in fashion, Christian Louboutin, reveals his world through an exhibition in his image: absolutely whimsical. It is no coincidence that it is held at the Palais de la Porte Dorée. The place is dear to the designer from the 12th arrondissement of Paris, since he was born there (facing a prohibition sign), his interest in shoes. The exhibition stages his vision through some of his most precious works, some of which have never been exhibited. In front of the know-how videos, the hologram show by Dita Von Tease in a Bhutanese theater, the frescoes of pumps or even the sensual shots of David Lynch, whether you are a neophyte or a confirmed fetishist, you really get it right.

  • When: until January 3, 2021
  • Or : at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
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Far from libraries or university benches, it is in the pages of magazines that the history of fashion is archived. On the occasion of the reopening of its “fashion galleries”, the Decorative Arts Museum offers a dive into the pages of one of the most legendary references in the field: the Harper’s Bazaar. Since its creation in 1867 and led by legends of the trade such as Carmel Snow or Diana Vreeland, this title has positioned itself as a major witness to the evolution of style. Today, it is delivered in the corridors of the Parisian museum, enriched by exceptional fashion pieces.

  • When: of February 28 to July 14, 2020
  • Or : at the Decorative Arts Museum, 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1e
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When Azzedine Alaïa meets Cristobal Balenciaga, the fabric speaks. It is an unprecedented tête-à-tête between these two iconic couturiers that the Azzedine Alaïa Association invites us for its latest exhibition. Composed of the personal collection of constituted by the latter, put in perspective affixed to his own work, the exhibition brings together the works of these two masters of form.


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