Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie
19 May → 22 Jan 2022
Tue to Sat from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Sun 9:30 am to 7 pm. Closed Mon.
We all have one! in the back of a wardrobe or a drawer, high or low waist, slim or leg version. Jeans are the universal garment, there are jeans in all shapes, for all tastes and all sizes. Legend has it that jeans were born in California, among peddlers and gold diggers. In less than a century, they spread throughout the world, accompanying the development of the textile industry. A sign of rebellion or non-conformism, work or leisure wear, it is now paraded on the catwalks of haute couture. Before being a garment, jeans are a fabric. Its history is as much the history of a fabric as that of the words that designate it, which have travelled from Europe to America. Moreover, our jeans are not made of denim but of denim! An introduction to the subject where we come across a wall of buttocks, James Dean, denim dolls' clothes and a burst of denim. Come and discover this exhibition which plunges you into the industrial and technical world of its manufacture and to reflect on its production conditions. Immersive, offbeat and playful, it invites you to understand what made and still makes this mythical piece so successful. In a setting reminiscent of a large industrial sewing workshop and in six thematic areas, games, immersive films, manipulatives, multimedia devices and videos allow visitors to explore the other side of the jean and to live new and varied experiences.