‘Qui porte quoi?’ or ‘who wears what?’ is the central question posed in Pallais Galliera’s current exhibition L’Anatomie d’une collection. On Saturday 1 October, MoMu+Friends took its members on a day trip to Paris to see the exhibition, which features some of the highlights of the museum’s collection – and the stories behind them. The kind and enthusiastic guide introduced the exhibition quoting designer Issey Miyake, who once said a piece of clothing is not complete until it is worn.
Most pieces indeed seemed to have been shaped by the bodies and characters of well-known and often extravagant personalities: the soft corset worn by Marie Antoinette; the daring bodysuits designed for dancer Isadora Duncan; the velvet jacket Napoleon Bonaparte wore on his mission to Egypt and a seemingly simple white shirt with the name Dauphine written on the back, which, as it turned out, once belonged to a French supermodel.
But the idea of anatomy also concerns an understanding of the way Galliera’s collection is built up. The largely collection-based exhibition also shows beautifully colored working clothes and simple suits, which certainly fuel the imagination on their wearers, as well as the spectacular 1730’s silk brocade dress the museum bought last year.
After the exhibition, there was a free afternoon for the Friends to spend in Paris, where people attending Fashion Week coloured the parks and streets.
The exhibition ‘L’Anatomie d’une collection’ lasts until October 23.
Interested to join MoMu+Friends on its next trip? As MoMu+Friend and MoMu+Close Friend you enjoy special acivities and advantages through the whole year. Besides a year free entrance to all the exhitions, you also get the opportunity to have a unique view behind the scenes of the Antwerp fashion world and enjoy special rates for numerous activities!