21/04/2015

CELEBRATING FASHION IN PARIS

Paris is all about Fashion. It lives Fashion, it breathes Fashion, it dreams Fashion. On every corner of every street there's Fashion. That's a fact. When you are in Paris, if you love Fashion, there are tons of things to do, see and even buy (if your bank account allows you to). But apart from clothes & accessories, if you really love Fashion and if you have a few euros in your wallet, you can also visit some of the exciting exhibitions that take place these days in the French capital. There is literally something for everyone. If you love old days Fashion with a hint of modernity, you have to visit the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at Palais Galliera. If you love the extravagance and the insolence of the youth, the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective at Grand Palais is for you! 
These two are still on our To Do List (and we can't wait to visit them) but as far as we are concerned, last Friday, we chose to visit the David Bowie Retrospective at the Philharmonie and Fashion Mix at the Musée de l'Histoire de l'Immigration, the story of all the foreign designers who have come to Paris to make Fashion.

First, we have to apologize for the mediocre quality of our pics that you are about to see. Indeed, since we are not famous Fashion bloggers (not yet!) or journalists who can do anything, we were not allowed to take pics in any of the exhibitions so we acted like some kind of paparazzi, trying to avoid the ice cold gazes of the guards. So, be merciful, we did our best!

The David Bowie Is exhibition is something we have been dreaming of for a long time. We were in London when it was presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum but the long, long, endless queues dissuaded us. It is set in the brand new (but still under construction) Philharmonie de Paris, a building designed by Jean Nouvel. This exhibition entitled David Bowie Is perfectly emphasizes the chameleon aspect of this Music & Fashion icon. All his most emblematic periods are presented along with visual and audio documents giving a very comprehensive and clear vision of his work and influence. It was so moving and powerful to see his most iconic outfits: Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust...etc The Japanese period was particularly spectacular with the costumes designed by Kansai Yamamoto and a fantastic mise en scène. Of course, we will come back to this retrospective and more generally, to the work of this legend in a future article.




Fashion Mix, the exhibition presented at Musée de l'histoire de l'Immigration, is the perfect occasion if you want to have a comprehensive look into the work of all the foreign designers who have decided to come to France to make Fashion, for their eponymous brands (Paco Rabanne, Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo, Alaia) or for other prestigious maisons de couture (Phoebe Philo for Céline, Clare Wright Keller for Chloé, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton). Fashion in France is rarely made by French people, that's why it is so universally acknowledged and celebrated. That's why it is so powerful and meaningful. This exhibition is all about celebrating diversity and we think that the largest number should visit it to open their minds and see that foreigners can make & imagine incredible things. In the foul atmosphere we are living in nowadays in France, such initiatives are more than necessary. Once again, there will be a much more complete article soon on We Are Ready Made about this exhibition. We just have to read and "digest" the exhibition catalogue (yes, we secretly took pictures but we also bought the book, we are not that bad you know!) to be able to give you the best insight. But if you have the opportunity to come to Paris in the next few weeks, you definitely have to visit Fashion Mix. There are so many talents in one room, it's insane! Hurry up, it lasts until May 31st.

Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs SS14
Céline AW13





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