(Photo:formal dresses perth)Because of the pervasive influence of French fashion, what the exhibit could reflect is also how our own needs and tastes change, as well as our view of French fashion, and how relevant it still is. As curated by Frederic Delhove, an interior designer and a former owner of a designer boutique, the exhibit features clothes of various vintages from several museums.
Practically household names Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano are all present in this party, while lesser-known names such as Anna and Tumoas Laitinen are here as well. “They represent French fashion by their savoir-faire,” said Mr. Delhove through an interpreter. “It’s also an exhibition on confrontation.” By confrontation, Mr. Delhove alludes to the unease experienced by, say, sailor pants and a Breton shirt by Gaultier, juxtaposed with a more elaborate creation reminiscent of Madonna’s cone-bra look. The dress has blue metallic tattoos on a flesh background, while still displaying the same flesh-toned cones.
In the same line, capes from different time periods are displayed together: a wool cloak, next to a plastic hoodie. The centerpiece of the show is a black tutu by Gaultier, covered with tiny metal discs, presented in a haute couture collection earlier in the decade. Watch out as well for a lovely Christmas coat with a feather boa, made by Lanvin in the 1950s.
While French fashion can seem awe-inspiring to others, to Mr. Delhove, it’s not such a big deal. “It’s not specific to France, it’s also true in Italy and other parts of the world,” he said. He added, “For people outside France, they still consider France as the center of fashion, but when you are in France, you know that fashion is also in London, in other parts of the world.”
That may be true, but French fashions have influenced the European world as early as in the medieval period. Anne Boleyn, for example, in Henry VIII’s Tudor court, stood out for her education in France: which included having a knowledge about French clothing. Countless historical figures have depended on France for fashion and luxury: not even the hardy Founding Fathers of the American Revolution, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, who would send out fashion plates for people back home to copy.
At the same time, as fashion can be seen as a dialogue between consumer and creator, French fashion also takes heed of what the world needs and makes a product based on that. Coco Chanel made a killing dressing women like men, addressing the need for the modern woman’s search for identity, in a world where the men were decimated after the First World War. Yves Saint Laurent, in creating the Le Smoking (a vintage one is displayed in the CSB exhibit as well), also dressed the 1960s woman, who was racing for a career and a new purpose.
“At the same time that they were creating, they were also inventing,” Mr. Delhove.
When asked about what makes the French eye for trends different than, say, the watchers in London and Milan, Mr. Delhove redirected the question to what French fashion is for someone. With his statement that French designers created and invented at the same time, the Chanel 2.55 bag came into discussion. Now a stately shoulder and handbag combo, it had been revolutionary when it first came out in the 1950s. Mademoiselle Chanel (never married), wanted a bag that allowed her to use her hands freely during cocktail parties. So, using chains influenced by the belts of the nuns who raised her, she suspended the bag and let it hang from her shoulder. At the same time, the bag’s inside flap was supposed to be where she would hide her love letters, while the back pocket was used to hide loose bills. The padding was supposed to be either from jackets she admired, or (in a macabre version of the story), the padded leather seats of the car her great love was killed in.
“It was really an invention, but now it has become an iconic accessory.”
Mr. Delhove might not discuss the impact of French fashion on the world, but on one point he agrees. When asked why it was so important for French people to look good (a quick swipe through French street-style Instagram accounts should help), he said, “It’s a lifestyle: it’s just as important to eat well, as to dress well.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses