Written by Pierré Berge, Olivier Gabet, Pamela Golbin and Denis Bruna
April 11, 2017
Design - Fashion & Accessories
9-1/3 x 11-3/4
About This Book
Tracing the evolution of fashion—from the opulence of the court of Louis XV to the catwalk couture of today—this stunningly illustrated volume charts three centuries of fashion trends and innovations.
This handsome volume is published to accompany a major exhibition that chronicles fashion from the seventeenth century to the present. Featuring three hundred iconic pieces, it highlights key moments in fashion history and provides new insight into the designers, patrons, and groundbreaking techniques and materials. It also explores how fashion has always been intertwined with both fine art and the decorative arts. Many of the great couturiers were known for this artistic cross-pollination, including such towering figures as Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Re-created here are a number of fashion inflection points illustrating fashion’s elective affinities with other disciplines. Eighteenth-century wood paneling, scenic wallpapers by Zuber, and Paul Iribe’s drawings for Paul Poiret, among other examples, provide perfect settings for fashion’s stylistic metamorphoses culminating in the effervescence and eclecticism of today’s global fashion scene.
About the Author
Pierre Bergé cofounded the house of Yves Saint Laurent with the celebrated couturier, his longtime partner. Olivier Gabet is the director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and former curator at the Musée d’Orsay, as well as a specialist in nineteenth- century decorative arts. Pamela Golbin is the chief curator of twentieth-century collections, fashion, and textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Denis Bruna is the curator of pre-nineteenth-century fashion and textile collections at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
"a handy, handsome companion created for a 2016 exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris." —New York Times
"300 YEARS: Fashion Forward is not some encyclopedic accounting of every fashion trend and every designer of the past three centuries but is instead an incisive and exquisitely curated overview of the world of fashion as seen through the eyes of those at Musée des Arts Décoratifs...300 YEARS: Fashion Forward can be a crash course in fashion for the less exposed fashion reader while it may be a source of new insights for the more experienced and educated fashion reader. This is no dry read of facts and data but instead an engaging, provocative read that needs to be considered by anyone who has an interest in fashion. Having completed this tome, readers will feel saddened if they have missed this wonderful presentation that ended this past spring at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs." —New York Journal of Books