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BACKSIDE

Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall-Winter 2011-2012 Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

Le Palais Galliera présente Back Side, dos à la mode, une exposition hors les murs, consacrée au vêtement vu de dos, accueillie au musée Bourdelle.
Dans notre société obsédée par le visage, Back Side, dos à la mode est un sujet original et inattendu.

The Palais Galliera presents “Back Side / Fashion from Behind”, an off-site exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle which focuses on clothing seen from behind.In a society that is obsessed with people’s faces, “Back Side / Fashion from Behind” is an original and unexpected theme. By addressing our body’s relationship to clothing from a social and psychological point of view, the exhibition questions the perception we have of our own and other people’s backs.The back is a reminder of our limitations: it is hidden from view and to some extent from touch. Yet, fashion consistently decorates it, burdens it, or reveals it. On this flattest part of our body, messages and patterns are unambiguously displayed without our ever seeing the glances they attract.The back in fashion: from the majestic train of a court gown to the weight of a backpack; the sensuality of a plunging backline to complicated fastening systems. This exceptional exhibition of clothing and accessories from the collections of the Palais Galliera presents over a hundred items from the 18th century up to the present day. And to complete the exhibition, a selection of film extracts and photographs.The exhibition spreads across the Great Hall of Plasters, the contemporary Portzamparc extension and Antoine Bourdelle’s studio. The models on display establish a dialogue between fashion and sculpture, a dialogue with the works of this great master of the turn of the 20th century. “Back Side – Fashion from Behind” gives us a new take on the works of Bourdelle: we look with new eyes at the powerful, muscular backs and the slender outlines of his sculptures.

Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall Winter1995. Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

In a society that is obsessed with people’s faces, “Back Side / Fashion from Behind” is an original and unexpected theme. By addressing our body’s relationship to clothing from a social and psychological point of view, the exhibition questions the perception we have of our own and other people’s backs.

John Galliano, Fall Winter 1998-99 © Patrimoine John Galliano © Aurélie Dupuis/ Azentis

The back is a reminder of our limitations: it is hidden from view and to some extent from touch. Yet, fashion consistently decorates it, burdens it, or reveals it. On this flattest part of our body, messages and patterns are unambiguously displayed without our ever seeing the glances they attract.

Balenciaga, Robe du soir, Fall Winter 1961-62 © Balenciaga Archives Paris © Aurélie Dupuis/ Azentis

The back in fashion: from the majestic train of a court gown to the weight of a backpack; the sensuality of a plunging backline to complicated fastening systems. This exceptional exhibition of clothing and accessories from the collections of the Palais Galliera presents over a hundred items from the 18th century up to the present day. And to complete the exhibition, a selection of film extracts and photographs.

Jeanloup Sieff, Eve de dos, Kim Islinski, New York, 1997 © Estate of Jeanloup Sieff

The exhibition spreads across the Great Hall of Plasters, the contemporary Portzamparc extension and Antoine Bourdelle’s studio. The models on display establish a dialogue between fashion and sculpture, a dialogue with the works of this great master of the turn of the 20th century. “Back Side – Fashion from Behind” gives us a new take on the works of Bourdelle: we look with new eyes at the powerful, muscular backs and the slender outlines of his sculptures.

Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), Centaure mourant, 1914, © Aurélie Dupuis / Musée Bourdelle / Azentis

July 5 – November 19, 2019

MUSEE BOURDELLE

18, rue Antoine-Bourdelle 75015 Paris

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