"Paul Poiret and Mariano Fortuny" Exhibition
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At the start of the twentieth century, Parisian fashion underwent a dramatic change. In contrast to previous styles in which corsets created slender waists and great pains were taken in lavishly decorating dresses with lace and ribbons, Paul Poiret started a trend for dresses with slim silhouettes and straight lines that eliminated the need for a corset. Mariano Fortuny’s dresses, on the other hand, had simple but radical designs that emphasized the beauty of their fabrics.
Both Poiret’s high-waisted dresses and Fortuny’s "Delphos" dresses with pleated fabric were inspired by apparel worn in ancient Greece. Both shared a fondness for non-European design and were influenced by the vogue for Japonisme then sweeping Europe. They were, perhaps, looking to the world outside Europe for something more in tune with the new social order produced by the Industrial Revolution, something that would shatter the hard shell that enclosed a still deeply conservative European society.
In focusing on Poiret and Fortuny and tracing the roots of their designs, this exhibition showcases the way in which their work marked a sharp and abrupt departure from nineteenth-century styles.
Lectures, talks and concerts are also scheduled. See website for more details.