Parisian Insights: La Mécanique des Dessous – Teaser

It’s vacation time and my posts might be a little less substantial in the following weeks. I am however planning to bring back notes and photographs from some interesting exhibitions I’ll get to visit while in the south of France.

Panniers, 1770 and Corset, 1740-1760 Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs, collection Mode et Textile et dépôt du musée de Cluny Copyright: Patricia Canino

Panniers, 1770 and Corset, 1740-1760
Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs, collection Mode et Textile et dépôt du musée de Cluny
Copyright: Patricia Canino

In the meantime, let’s stay in Paris! Les Arts Décoratifs museum has just inaugurated an exhibition entitled La Mécanique des Dessous, une histoire indiscrète de la silhouette that explores the “mechanical” garments and, mainly undergarments, that have helped shape the silhouette from the 14th century. I am planning to visit the display in September and I’ll therefore write a more consistent post about La Mécanique. However, until then, I wanted to share a series of teasing (and they are in every sense!) videos that highlight in a pedagogic and audacious way the key devices, such as the crinoline, the corset or the panniers, that have artificially fashioned the silhouette following the aesthetics of the time. The music, the slow-motion, the dark room…make these videos extremely seductive and contemporary: a formidable invitation!

All the videos are visible here .

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