11 Oct Paris fashion focus – Irving Penn and Christian Dior
Two of the fashion world’s biggest names – the photographer Irving Penn and the couturier Christian Dior – are being celebrated with retrospectives in Paris.
The retrospective, the first in France since Irving Penn’s death in 2009, looks back over his seventy-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings.
Paris is the perfect place to enjoy the elegant simplicity that infused all his work. Simply stepping back onto the pavement outside the Grand Palais will be like rejoining the world’s largest catwalk, where even the 15-year-olds rock stylish insouciance in a way only Parisians can.
Less than a 25 minute stroll away – and what a stroll, around the Place de la Concorde, through the Tuileries and past the Louvre – another fashion legend is in the spotlight.
Christian Dior, who created his eponymous design house in 1947, changed the face of post-war fashion with his New Look.
Now, his life, work and legacy are the subject of a new exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs.
More than 300 haute couture gowns, from 1947 to the present day, feature in this fashion feast.
You can also see atelier toiles and fashion images, illustrations, sketches, photos and advertising archive images.
I will be getting my handbag fix in the accessories section, which also includes hats, shoes and perfume bottles.
‘Christian Dior, couturier du rêve’, is on at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, until 7th January 2018.
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