The 50s is a retrospective fashion exhibition that details the post-recession and post-war era of ladies’ fashion in France. In 1947, Christian Dior launched his fashion house’s debut collection and introduced the ‘flower-woman. This was the emergence of tight waists and full skirts, and thus the celebration of the hourglass figure was revived.
Having suffered desperately in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash and the war, the 50’s were the golden years for French haute couture: France regained its title of “world fashion capital.” Jacques Heim, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Jacques Fath, Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Jacques Griffe, Hubert de Givenchy, and Pierre Cardin are all French fashion designers/houses that emerged during this time.
“Drawn from the Palais Galliera collection and sporting the labels of the most famous couturiers as well as others now forgotten (Jean Dessès, Madeleine Vramant, Lola Prusac), the remarkable pieces making up this exhibition – some 100 models and accessories – retrace the evolution of the female form through the decade 1947–1957: from the birth of the New Look to the death of Christian Dior and the advent of Yves Saint Laurent.”
The 50s is exhibiting at PALAIS GALLIERA, CITY OF PARIS FASHION MUSEUM until November 2, 2014.