Tenue Correcte Exigée: Quand Le Vêtement Fait Scandale
Exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.
The history of fashion is studded with a host of iconic inventions: rhinegraves, the robe volante, the robe chemise, the chemise à la grecque, women’s trousers, skirts for men, the female tuxedo, the miniskirt, the ‘baggy’ look, and jeans, to list only a few.
Although emblematic of the ephemerality of fashion, these garments all challenged the dress does of their era, and were violently criticised and even banned when they first appeared.
With a selection of characteristic garments and fashion accessories, portraits, caricatures, advertisements, and a host of other objects, the exhibition explores this history of vestimentary liberties and offences, highlighting dress codes and moral values from the 14th century to today.