Exposure to the fashion industry is one of the things I love about living in Paris. The first day I landed here, I went straight to Louis Vuitton’s expo, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”. Since then, I’ve seized any opportunity to attend other expositions or events in the city. Here are three in particular open to the public going on right now.
1. Christian Dior, couturier du rêve (July 5 – January 7, 2018)
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Dior, the fashion house has collaborated with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to celebrate the brand’s history, showcasing over 300 garments, accessories, letters, perfume bottles, and other interesting artifacts including Christian Dior’s actual birth certificate. The beginning of the expo reveals how Christian Dior started out as an art gallery owner; the fabrics, paintings, and sculptures from the early period of his life later influenced his designs in the couture house. The displays go on to show the evolution of the fashion house under the various couturiers who succeeded Dior and the famous celebrities who wore their designs.
This expo really is a dream. Make sure you buy your tickets online and arrive at opening (or wait until tourists are gone during off-season), because the lines to get in are quite ridiculous… when Asheley and I went, people were lined up to the Tuileries.
2. Mark Shaw’s Photography Expo (July 7 – September 3, 2017)
Be sure to keep your ticket from the Dior expo above, as you’ll get a discounted rate at the Mark Shaw exhibition on his photographs of haute couture during the 50’s. The collection is housed in a small studio but it wasn’t crowded at all when we went.
Tip: go on a Thursday night because the docents serve free glasses of champagne 🙂
Shaw’s work captures backstage and onstage action during fashion shows of Dior, Balenciaga, and Balmain. His photography has been featured in publications such as Life Magazine, Mademoiselle, and Harper’s Bazaar; he is most known for being the first photographer to take colored pictures of fashion shows.
I even made a friend at the exposition, who is a luxury marketing student from Florida living in Paris. It’s always neat to meet others sharing the same passions at events like these. Overall, we spent about 1.5 hours admiring the various images on the wall; I would recommend it if you appreciate photography, but I didn’t find it as interesting as the other expos I’m sharing in this post.
3. Last but certainly not least, Maison Chloé.
The fashion house recently opened a new space on rue de La Baume. The purpose of this beautiful Hausmannian building is to host events and expos celebrating the brand’s 65-year history. Tours are intimate; each group is limited to 10-20 guests with one docent. Chloé only accepts parties by reservation on their site here. If you’re interested, grab a spot now because they’re currently booked until November! I went with my fellow Chloé-loving friend Leah a few weekends ago.
The first expo, Femininities–Guy Bourdin, showcases the work of the photographer who captured Chloé the most during 1956-1986. Original issues of Vogue Paris highlighting Bourdin’s imagery were on display, as well as enlarged photographs hung on the walls and even clothing pieces from the brand throughout time.
I haven’t yet found a resource showing upcoming fashion events and expos here in Paris; most of what I find is by word-of-mouth or through Instagram. If you’re aware of any sites, do let me know. I love this stuff 🙂