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Fashion & Design

Harper's Bazaar

75 min visit

Museum of Decorative Arts
15 Dec → 3 Jan 2021
Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thursday until 9 pm. Closed Monday.

« A first! An exhibition dedicated to a fashion magazine, a real institution since 1867 and the oldest still existing!  »

Harper's Bazaar, the cult American fashion magazine! One Today, women's fashion magazines no longer have a very good reputation. Judged to be guilt-ridden, with rather poor content, they convey a unique image of women. Yet, as early as 1867, Harper's Bazaar was educating women about fashion, society, art and literature. In keeping with the European tradition, it has the originality of a commitment to the women's cause. The political convictions of its first editor, Mary Louise Booth, structure the magazine, which goes beyond a simple fashion cover. He surrounded himself in turn with Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Peter Lindbergh and published texts by Colette, Jean Genet, and Virginia Woolf. The magazine became a reference in the history of graphic design and fashion, so much so that many designers like Jeanne Lanvin or Balenciaga took their first steps in the magazine. The exhibition traces the history of the magazine: it presents the creations and their photographs, analyses the artistic direction and its impact, and highlights the role of these men and women who create, wear and defend a certain idea of fashion. The exhibition thus puts into perspective the fundamental actor of fashion that is a magazine, often the first material to write its history and define its identity.


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