The Galerie Dior’s tour was designed by scenographer Nathalie Crinière where the tour starts off at the top of the building going down. With thirteen different rooms in the gallery, each comes with its own unique element. Galerie Dior is the largest permanent fashion exhibition in Paris which holds 452 dresses and 1422 accessories. From learning the history of Dior and his family to walking through the Room of Wonders to being exposed to a large room filled with ball gowns and serene background music to match the mood, Crinière design allows spectators to stay enthralled throughout. Spectators are even able to stand over a glass floor where they can see the original space for models to get ready at.
My breath was taken away immediately as we were walking through the Dior Gallery. What initially caught my eye in thinking about the wear was that regardless of the elegance that each dress had, there was also an air of warmth that came with each piece. The warmth I’m referring to is directly in the color schemes of the dresses as even though the dresses are designed to standout, the color is never the focal point of the dress. It’s all about the design and the physical structure the dress and the color scheme takes a backseat as if not to steal that shine.
Also, I was especially intrigued about the section of the gallery that exhibited sketches of the dresses beforehand as that gave me a deeper creative glimpse into the making of the wear. The sketches really put an emphasis certain angles that have to be highlighted or the different parts of the woman’s body that should be accentuated. Being able to see the sketches allowed me to see the dresses in their most raw form and how Dior was able to give life to those sketches, in a sense.
Walking through the museum, I would think to myself, there is no way it can get better, but the more I walked along, it only kept getting better. From the minute you walk in and learn the history of Christian Dior to seeing the garments in their sketched form to seeing them in their most complete form, we are taken through a maze of the world of Christian Dior.
Only just having recently opened, this museum has been able to attract locals and foreigners from all corners of the world to come together to experience all the beauty in the work of Christian Dior. His ability to incorporate ideas of nature into his pieces is exceptional. His love for flowers and spring colors makes his pieces all the more better. The museums ability to also incorporate nature on the walls and in the decorations emphasizes the beauty of the dresses.
A gallery like no other, and definitely one that cannot be missed!
The Dior Gallery
11, Rue François Premier
From 11 am to 19 pm
To access to the Dior Gallery, is available by online reservation only :
The passion of an icon
Yves Saint Laurent always said “Fashion was not made to dress up a woman, but to also give them confidence and reassure them and allow them to be themselves.” Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent or YSL, was born in 1936. As one of the most influential designers of the 20th century who was able to adapt to the changing fashion culture of the year, Saint Laurent not only influenced his community, but the entire world. His ability to change the perspective of fashion in order to give women the confidence they need has allowed him to become one of the greatest exponents of fashion today, he has his own museum in Paris as well as exhibitions in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Musée D’Orsay, Musée National Picasso-Paris and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. While his work is very much appreciated by all, he was also a man who was able to appreciate great things when he saw them. His temporary exhibition at the Museum is a perfect example of his love of rare paintings and sculptures, as well as some of his own work.
The work at the Museum of Modern Art shows Yves Saint Laurent’s ability to work with different colors and lightings. His collection pays hommage to big artists such as Matisse, Jacquet and Bonnard. His Spring-Summer 2001 “blouse et jupes d’organza satiné” was inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s 1937 “le jardin” painting. His ability to transform two dimensional art into three dimensions is what separates him from other designers. It is for the reason he has paved the way for many designers today. Yves Saint Laurent’s collection in the Museum of Modern Art allows spectators to not only appreciate his designs, but also the paintings that inspired those designs by having them side by side.
To keep it short and sweet, one cannot be in Paris and not experience the extravagant exhibition in the museum of modern art. Though the exhibition is only temporary, the work of Yves Saint Laurent is embedded in the lives of many French people, as well as foreigners. This exhibition gives its viewers a glimpse of some of Yves Saint Laurent's work, but also provides a show that is forever memorable.
Yves Saint Laurent's collection showcases business-chic to very elegant-classy looks for women. In fact, some of his works pays hommage to artists such as Pablo Picasso as well. To Saint Laurent “fashion fades, but style is eternal.” He was always aware of the art of his time and how he could use it to further inspire his work. He emphasized the importance of having “aesthetic ghosts” and for him these ghosts were Mondrian, Picasso, Matisse, “above all, Proust.[He is] entirely eclectic.” Through all his pieces, his work showcases the never ending style.
Overall, Yves Saint Laurent's exhibit gives viewers a chance to experience a piece of French fashion and culture in the most artistic way possible.
This temporary exhibition is one you cannot miss!
Exhibition Yves-Saint-Laurent at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
From January 19 to May 15, 2022
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