Behind the Seams. An indiscreet look at the mechanics of Fashion

Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the complex designs of lingerie. More than 200 exhibits from the XIV century to the present day, will be on display in the Louvre Museum until 24 November. Crinolines, panties, bras  wore by stylish and fashionable women for centuries to create the trendy silhouette of the era.

In earlier times shapewear enjoyed a great popularity, especially among the bourgeoisie, it was used to emphasize their social status. At the beginning of XX century designers Nicole Groult,Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet decided to abandon the popular “hourglass” silhouette and have introduced the fashion for more free feminine forms, which were then picked up by Coco Chanel.

This exhibition, the first and only of its kind, opens the curtain and shows a completely different side of the story clothing and fashion, full of secrets and surprising revelations.

Visit Behind the Seams. An indiscreet look at the mechanics of Fashion from 4th July to 24th November 2013 at the Musées des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Panier à coudes e corps à baleines 1770 e 1740-1760 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Panier à coudes e corps à baleines 1770 e 1740-1760 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Strapless bra 1950 Collection Melanie Talkington © Patricia Canino

Strapless bra
1950 Collection Melanie Talkington © Patricia Canino

Tournure 1872 Collection Falbalas © Patricia Canino

Tournure 1872 Collection Falbalas © Patricia Canino

Belt for man 1900 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Belt for man 1900 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Bodice 1900-1910 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Bodice 1900-1910 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Corset 1860-1870 Collection Melanie Talkington © Patricia Canino

Corset
1860-1870 Collection Melanie Talkington © Patricia Canino

Faux-cul 1880 Collection Melanie Talkington © Patricia Canino

Faux-cul 1880 Collection Melanie Talkington © Patricia Canino

Faux-cul 1887 Collection UFAC Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Faux-cul 1887 Collection UFAC Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Panier 1775-1780 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Panier 1775-1780 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Corps à baleines 1770-1780 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Corps à baleines 1770-1780 Les Arts Décoratifs © Patricia Canino

Lejaby Bustier 1951-1952 Association de Préfiguration du Musée du sous-Vêtement © Patricia Canino

Lejaby Bustier 1951-1952 Association de Préfiguration du Musée du sous-Vêtement © Patricia Canino

Thierry Mugler Spring Summer 1992 © Guy Marineau

Thierry Mugler Spring Summer 1992 © Guy Marineau

Dolce & Gabbana Bustier-dress Primavera Estate 2007 © Patricia Canino

Dolce & Gabbana Bustier-dress Primavera Estate 2007 © Patricia Canino

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4 comments

  1. This is so fascinating. It truly makes me super happy women don’t have to wear these anymore, however, I do like the fashion it inspired for some of today’s pieces :).

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