This exhibition examines the interrelated impact and importance of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and the emerging 60s pop and counterculture. As Genevieve Antoine Dariaux wrote in 1964, "While high fashion is still the star of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, the ready-to-wear industry, because of its financial means and its enormous clientele, is playing an increasingly important role." Young ready-to-wear designers carved a new character to French fashion, as seen in the works of Sonia Rykiel and Karl Lagerfeld, to name a few.
So the industry was turned upside-down, given the rise of this new, youthful aesthetic. So here's a thought: Are we also experiencing a kind of radical change, given the combined effect of retail's slow death, Amazon, and fast fashion? It would be very interesting to see the same curatorial gist if one is to come up with a similar show fifty years from now, about this current decade.
"Paris Refashioned 1957-1968" is on view through April 15, 2017.
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photos: © 2017 Arturo Veloira