The 1950s were a decisive period for French haute couture. The industry had suffered badly in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash and even more so, in the aftermath of the Second World War. In the 1950s, Paris was reborn as the international capital of fashion, led by such prominent names as Jacques Heim, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga – to which the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum dedicated the exhibition Balenciaga. Designing the limits (2010) – and Jacques Fath, followed by newcomers Balmain, Christian Dior, Jacques Griffe, Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Cardin. They all contributed to the enduring legacy of French fashion, synonym of luxury, elegance and creativity, and to the success of ready-to-wear fashion.
This exhibition retraces the evolution of the female form over the ten-year period from 1947–1957, from the birth of the New Look to the death of Christian Dior and the advent of Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition was on view from July to November at the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion in Paris. Olivier Saillard, the museum's director, selected one hundred remarkable models and accessories from the Palais Galliera collection. Miren Arzalluz, expert in fashion and costume history, will be associate curator for the Bilbao exhibition.
Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao - The 50s: fashion in France 1947-1957 - 10.03.2015 - 31.08.2015
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