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Back Side / Dos à la mode

75 min visit

Musée Bourdelle
5 Jul → 17 Nov 2019
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday.

« A dream opportunity to discover the sumptuous and mythical dresses of the greatest creators. »

An exhibition dedicated to the back. What an original idea! That is precisely why we are proposing it to you. Remember this legendary kidney fall by Mireille Darc, moulded in a long black dress by Guy Laroche, in "Le grand blondie avec une chaussure noire". See? See? This is the back we're talking about. This back that can be naked, decorated, scratched, hidden or only suggested. In short, behind the clothing is a social and psychological game that evolves according to societies. The back, the one you don't see, except by dislocating your head in a mirror, the one that is exposed to everyone else's eyes, is thus the original and unexpected subject of this "out of the box" exhibition organized by the Palais Galliera at the Bourdelle Museum. On this flattest part of our body, messages and patterns unfold in full legibility without us ever meeting the looks they are given. From the wake of a sled to the load of a backpack, from the sensuality of a neckline to the constraint of a closure, the exhibition offers a thematic tour of a hundred silhouettes and accessories from the 18th century to the present day, from Galliera's collections. This collection is completed by a selection of film and photo extracts. The exhibition extends from the great plaster hall to the contemporary extension of Portzamparc, including Antoine Bourdelle's workshops. The models presented establish a dialogue between fashion and sculpture with the creations of this great master of the turn of the 20th century. "Back Side/Dos à la mode" offers a new look at Bourdelle's works, highlighting her powerful muscular backs and slender profiles.


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