For 50s addicts, a nice exhibition in Paris
Here’s an exhibit I’ll totally be going to see this summer. The Palais Galliera will be presenting a tribute to French fashion of les années 50 (layz anay sankahnt) or the 50s. I love the couture of this decade: the full skirts, the New Look, the pure feminine elegance of it all. While Christian Dior’s “woman-flower” is the one most identified with the decade, there were competing haute couture looks, including Cristobal Balenciaga’s barrel line, distinguished by a flared back, and the simple, straight suits of Coco Chanel.
But there was another side to fashion during that decade: snug sweaters, pedal pushers, and jeans became the uniform of the post-war generation. Ready-to-wear was the way to keep French couture relevant. Couturiers Associés was born to meet the need.
This exhibit, pulled from the Galliera…
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