Still raining cats and dogs in Paris yesterday..
But no matter. Time to visit
The just-opened fashion exhibit of The Years 50s
At Palais Galliera
10, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016
The exhibit starts off in 1947 when Christian Dior came out with his 'New Look' pinched-in waist and full skirts.
And ends in 1957 when a very young Yves Saint Laurent taking over the helm at Dior. A 10-year period of absolute elegance and sublime clothing never to be seen the likes of again. A riveting must-see exhibit if you love fashion.
I was warned at the entrance NO cameras or portables. Picture taking was forbidden. Time to bring out my little sketchbook and doodle.
Fabulously glamorous looks.
The invention of the little black dress for the cocktail hour. Chanel's inventive white-ribbed sweater dress with black grosgrain ribbon trim at neck, waist and cuffs.
Massive bows at the waist exaggerated and structured like architecture made of taffeta and velvet (by Jacques Fath).
Finally I had to sneak a few shots or die on the spot.
Who does subtle dove grey dresses anymore?
Dove grey tulle gown by Christian Dior with a grey satin bow at the waist. To Die For.
Lingerie lace comes out at night
In this robe de soir by Jeanne Lanvin.
Soigné Christian Dior white satin ball gowns before fashion became democratized. Hello Gap.
Bows forever as the fem touch to soften sober structured dresses.
Anything with a scallop shell is a winner. Witty beachwear from the 50s. Who knew?
More architectural shapes take over the handbag. The 50s exhibit is on till November 2. A nice catalog is available(44.50 euros).
Feathered cocktail hats look a lot like
The jets flying over Paris this morning (seen from my window) in celebration of Bastille day today.
Tonight they're celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower. These celebrations seem to renew every 5 years if not every year. I'll probably be painting cherries for renewing sketch letter subscribers. Bonne Bastille Day PBers!