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The century of powder (1880-1980). Beauty powder and its cases.

90 min visit

Musée Internationale de la Parfumerie
1 Jun → 10 Oct 2021
Every day from 10am to 7pm (summer)

« A sumptuous exhibition of intoxicating delicacy! »

Anne de Thoisy-Dallem has been a heritage curator for almost 20 years and is now curating exhibitions and collecting ancient perfume objects. For the first time, she is unveiling this unique and personal collection to the general public through a travelling exhibition from Grasse to Paris. Bag tins, powder boxes, perfume bottles, advertisements from the Musée International de la Parfumerie... Nearly 2,500 extremely meticulous objects dating from the Belle Epoque to the post-war period. It is not by chance that Anne de Thoisy-Dallem is particularly interested in this period. Indeed, the 20th century was a turning point for the use of gunpowder and its containers. It was from this moment onwards that the materials and forms of these objects diversified, revealing the emancipation of women and the mass production of the 20th century. This exhibition therefore presents objects related to perfume, hygiene and cosmetics from this period, as well as prestigious posters from the Bibliothèque Forney in Paris (with whom the exhibition was co-produced) and works from public and private institutions. Discover meticulous objects that we have sometimes lost the use of since! Tickets on site.


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