Les Arts Décoratifs is organising the first exhibition retracing the history of contemporary fashion, in two parts. The project began last autumn with the publication of ‘An Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion’, and is continuing in a different dimension with two consecutive exhibitions. The first of this “two-volume” historic and selective retrospective of fashion will cover the 70s and 80s, the second the 90s and 2000s.
At the at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs through October 2010.
“The 1970s suffers from being discredited — but the reality is entirely different,” claims Olivier Saillard, the curator of a Paris exhibition that brings to virtual life an era of dancing, prancing models, experimental ready-to-wear fashion and, by the time the decade had segued into the ’80s, almost every trend that marked the final part of the last century. “An Idealized History of Fashion” is the English translation of the show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (until Oct. 10). And Mr. Saillard has done something few museums have the imagination to achieve: multimedia installations to bring each designer’s spirit to screen life. – from NYTimes