Image shows - Edith, my French dressmaker's dummy

Paris fashion focus – Irving Penn and Christian Dior

Image shows - Edith, my French dressmaker's dummy
Edith, my French dressmaker's dummy

Two of the fashion world’s biggest names – the photographer Irving Penn and the couturier Christian Dior – are being celebrated with retrospectives in Paris.

Irving Penn was born 100 years ago. His skill behind the camera, producing portraits and fashion images that continue to influence trend makers today, placed him firmly among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.
In the hallowed halls of the Grand Palais, his work is being celebrated in an exhibition organised jointly with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the The Irving Penn Foundation.
Irving Penn at the Grand Palais in Paris
Irving Penn at the Grand Palais 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.

‘Irving Penn’, is on at the Grand Palais until 29th Janaury 2018.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here

http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/irving-penn

Tickets? Check. Euros? Check. Passport? Check. Paris, here I come...
Tickets? Check. Euros? Check. Passport? Check. Paris, here I come...

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.

A waspish waist from couturier Christian Dior
A waspish waist from couturier Christian Dior
The Christian Dior atelier and boutique, 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris
The Christian Dior atelier and boutique, 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris

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.

To find out more or book tickets, click here:

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en/exhibitions/current-events-1322/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/christian-dior-couturier-du-reve/

 

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