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Marie-Antoinette Meets Vivienne Westwood: The 18th Century Back in Fashion at Versailles

Posted: 08/ 1/2011 4:36 pm

When Marie-Antoinette meets Vivienne Westwood...  Le XVIII au gout du jour is an extravagant exhibition held in the apartments of The Grand Trianon in Versailles, and dedicated to the influence of the 18th century on modern fashion. Fifty models by great designers of the 20th century dialogue with costumes and accessories from the 18th century.

French culture of the 18th century was embodied by Marie-Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour and Madame Du Barry -- paragons of frivolity that have always fascinated the movie industry, writers and the fashion world. With its huge powdered wigs, hoop petticoats, corsets, embroidered vests... This extravagant style has influenced many designers of the 20th century.

Vivienne Westwood brings back brazen courtesans, fashionable Belles are corseted by Azzedine Alaia, Christian Lacroix drapes his queens with brocades lavishly gleaming with gemstones, and Olivier Theyskens summons up the ghost of Marie-Antoinette in a Hollywood film. With Yohji Yamamoto, court dresses are destructured and so does Rei Kawakubo with riding coats. While Thierry Mugler hides oversized hoops under the dresses, Jean Paul Gaultier puts them upside down.

All of these pieces come from the archives of maisons de couture and from the Galliera Museum's collections.


Le XVIIIe au gout du jour


Collections Galliera@EPV / J-M Manai, C Milet

















Collections Galliera, 1750-1760


@EVP / J-M Manai, C Millet







1750-1755


Collections Galliera @ EVP / J-M Manai, C Millet







1730







1785









Pierre Balmain, Haute couture Summer 1954


Collections Galliera @ EPV / J-M Manai, C Millet







Vivienne Westwood, Pret-a-porter S/S 1991


Collections Galliera @ EPV / J-M Manai, C Milet







Vivienne Westwood, F/W 1995/96


Collection "Vive la Cocotte" @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Vivienne Westwood, S/S 1996


Collection "Les Femmes" @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Thierry Mugler, Haute couture F/W 1997/1998


Collection Maison Thierry Mugler @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Thierry Mugler, F/W 1992, 1993


Collection Maison Thierry Mugler @ Patrice Stable







Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute couture S/S 1998


Collection Maison Jean Paul Gaultier @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture S/S 1998


@Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Maison Christian Dior, Haute couture F/W 2004/2005


Collection Maison Dior @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Maison Christian Dior, Haute couture F/W 2007/2008


@Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute couture S/S 2005


Collection Maison Chanel @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, S/S 2006


Collection Maison Balenciaga @ Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







Rochas by Olivier Theyskens, Marie Antoinette for Sofia Coppola, F/W 2006


Collections Galliera @ EPV / J-M Manai, C Milet







Yohji Yamamoto, S/S 2011


@Marcio Madeira / Zeppelin







All images, courtesy Chateau de Versailles and Galliera Museum


Le XVIIIe au gout du jour - The 18th century back in Fashion is currently on exhibit at the Grand Trianon, Versailles, France.


July 8 - October 9, 2011




Via Trouvaillesdujour

 

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