Haute Couture for everyone

It’s a noble idea, to bring haute couture to everyone.  Haute couture was born in Paris in the mid-19th century and can be said to be a uniquely Parisian industry.  It is a small industry dominated by talented designers and artisans and their exclusive clientele.  Man on the street may not have access to this elite fashion scene but they can now witness the history of haute couture in an exhibition that is free for all.

The Paris Haute Couture exhibition pays tribute to this little-known world with 100 dresses.  Sourced from the collection of Musée Galliera and selected by its director, Olivier Salliard, along with its curator Anne Zazzo, it is the first time so many haute couture dresses are being shown together.  Presented by Swarovski, the exhibition is dedicated to historic haute couture designs by the likes of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia and many more.

The exhibition also features a selection of drawings and photographs to allow visitors a behind-the-scenes experience into the making of a couture dress – from initial design through to production.

The exhibition is on show from now till 6 July 2013 at the Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint-Jean, 5 rue de Lobau, Paris 4th arrondissement.

x Sybil

(Images from Mairie de Paris)

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