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Friday, July 8, 2011

Le XVIIIe Au Goût Du Jour: The 18th Century Back in Fashion in Versailles

The Chateau de Versailles and the Musee Galliera present
The 18th Century Back in Fashion: Couturies and Fashion designers in the Grand Trianon

In a pink marble palace 2 kilometer west of the  palace, the fantastic style of the 18th century is explored both in its historic context, and the context of its continued influence and reinterpretation.
The historic collections are juxtaposed with 20th century and more recent haute couture.

Robe à la française
 Galerie des Dames 1778-1787

Robe à la polonaise
Galerie des Dames 1778-1787

 Robe à l'anglaise
Galerie des Dames 1778-1787

of 18th century fashion  silhouettes, the shapes of things to come.

Yesterday we attended the  private press preview at Versailles

Guard at the gate
You can see where Elsie de Wolfe got her stripes
photograph by J.M.Manai, a view from the Garden
The pink marble Chateau, the Grand Trianon, derives
its name from the villages Louis the XIV demolished to build Versailles

Exhibition catalog
A small soupçon of the exhibition

 Vivienne Westwood 1995-1996

 Vivienne Westwood 1995-1996
 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld 1985

 Balenciaga 2006

 Robe de ville 1850-1852 corsage à basques bordé de
passementerie sur jupe. multi-colored silk Collections Galliera

Thierry Mugler 

 Thierry Mugler prêt-à-porter 1992-1993
Photo by Patrice Stable
Thierry Mugler 1997

 Habit L'homme transformé 1775-1785
Jean Paul Gaultier

 Maison Christian Dior 2004-2005

Dior 2007-2008 photo by Marcio Madeira
a reoccurring theme
Vivienne Westwood prêt-à-porter1990-1991
Fashion in the chateau in the garden.