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March 27, 2020

Exhibitions on view June-July 2020 in Paris Focus

In 2020, the Palace of Versailles is hosting the annual meeting and conference of the international Committee ICOM for museums and collections of Costume. The theme of the conference is THE MAKING OF LUXURY. The Palace of Versailles is the best place to consider various aspects of creating luxury clothing and fashionable items. Here are some exhibitions to visit in Paris at the same time.


Helena Rubinstein. Madame’s collection at the musée du Quai Branly until 28 June 2020

Examining non-Western arts through the collection of Helena Rubinstein. The exhibition reveals the fascination that African art held for this pioneer of cosmetics, an avant-garde patron and collector in the early 20th century.

The exhibition places the spotlight on her passion for non-Western arts – primarily African art – through sixty pieces, as well as her fascination for their expressive intensity and character. It was in the 1910s that she first discovered these arts through the sculptor Jacob Epstein, an interest that continued as she encountered the avant-garde collectors in Paris and which she brought into her interior décors in Paris, New York and London, not solely for aesthetic reasons but to educate her female clientele at her beauty salons worldwide and through her participation in major exhibitions.

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Christian Louboutin : L’Exhibition[nist] until 26 July 2020

The Palais de la Porte Dorée presents a major exhibition devoted to the work and creativity of Christian Louboutin, the internationally renowned footwear designer and key figure in the fashion world.

Designed as an invitation to discover Christian Louboutin’s rich universe, the exhibition will explore every facet of this multi-referential work, in an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation.

In revealing Christian Louboutin’s inspirations and creative processes, the exhibition will showcase the designer’s vision through a selection of the most precious works from his personal collection and loans from public collections.

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Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent, Féminin singulier

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris in 2020 is devoting a special exhibition to Betty Catroux, fashion icon and Yves Saint Laurent’s “female double”.

The pieces displayed in the exhibition come from a major donation Betty Catroux has made to the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.

Anthony Vaccarello, who is currently artistic director of Saint Laurent, approaches Betty Catroux’s wardrobe from an aesthetic perspective by selecting the pieces that best reveal her unique personality and ongoing influence on the label’s signature style.

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Reopening of Palais Galliéra/Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris in 2020

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