Saturday, 12 December 2009

Madeleine Vionnet @ Les Arts Decoratifs

One of the highlights of the Paris trip was a visit to the Vionnet retrospective at Les Arts Decoratifs on rue de Rivoli. Vionnet was a true visionary in the way she draped fabric to a mannequin to perfect her signature long and lean silhouette, which still looks fresh and not overworked. Any of the dresses on display could be worn to a contemporary black tie event without looking like fancy dress.

The exhibition was beautifully curated with gowns presented by theme and time period. Below each dress was a digital frame displaying the original drawing, captioning and black and white photograph of a model wearing the gown, creating a complete narrative of both the dress and the relationship between designer and client.

Our visit to the gallery was also memorable in that a very low-key Janet Jackson was visiting the Vionnet show with a small entourage, including her costume designer. If that means goddess gowns for her next tour, we're in for a treat.

EDIT: On the subject of sightings, the boy and I saw Marc Jacobs on consecutive days in the 2nd arrondissement. On both occasions he was sporting a kilt over leggings and carrying his ever-faithful black Hermes Birkin.

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