This year, Paris, the fashion capital, is hosting an exhibition titled ‘Fashion Forward, Trois siècles de mode’ (Fashion Forward: Three Centuries of Fashion). The Musée des Arts Décoratifs will be displaying its fabulous fashion collection to mark the 30th anniversary of its fashion branch, the Musée des Arts de la Mode (now the Musée de la Mode et du Textile), opened in 1986 at the initiative of Pierre Bergé. The collection has been taken out of its display cases and is being shown in the museum’s Nave from 7 April to 14 August 2016.
This is a wonderful opportunity to admire an outstanding collection of fashion and textiles. More than 300 items of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing from the 18th century to our time take visitors on a journey through time and highlight key moments in fashion history. The exhibition features exclusive haute couture and ready-to-wear designs, with a focus on iconic couturiers such as Jeanne Lanvin, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint-Laurent. British choreographer and dancer Christopher Wheeldon, the artistic director of the exhibition, has breathed new life into these creations, using dancers’ postures to transmit the appeal of the designs when they are worn. Swedish brand H&M is sponsoring the exhibition, and will be presenting a special collection titled ‘Conscious Exclusive’ inspired by the museum’s pieces.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a vast museum complex, can be hired for private events. The venue has three interconnecting salons and an 80-seat auditorium as well as the Nave, extending over a surface area of more than 450 m², which can accommodate up to 380 people for dinner or 500 for cocktails. In fine weather, a reception in the garden of the Musée Nissim de Camondo (200 people for dinner or 300 for cocktails) can be organized either before or after a private tour of the museum.