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A tribute to fashion “seen from behind”

The Palais Galliera presents Back Side / Dos in fashion, an exhibition that investigates the experimentations of fashion seen from the back, welcomed at the Bourdelle museum.

In our face-obsessed society, Back Side / Back to Fashion is a topic
original and unexpected. Taking an interest in the bonds of the body with fashion from a social and psychological point of view, the exhibition questions the perception we have of our back and others.
The back reminds man of his limits: he escapes from sight and partly from touch. However, fashion continues to adorn, decorate or strip this part of the body. On this flat area of our body, messages and patterns are readable
without ever crossing the eyes that are allowed. From the wake of a train to the load of a backpack, the sensuality of a neckline marked by a closure, the exhibition offers sections dedicated to shapes and accessories, from the 18th century to the present day, all from the Galliera collections. This set is complemented by a selection of films and photographs.

In the heart of Montparnasse, the Bourdelle museum is one of the last testimonies of these cities of Parisian artists who flourished between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bourdelle, sculptor and creator of the facades of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées lived, created, taught, in these spaces from 1885 to his death in 1929. In the set of singular spaces and gardens
Distributed around the workshop of Antoine Bourdelle, the museum reveals the intimate part of its creation: studies, sketches, models, everything that participates in the development of the work. The exhibition takes place in the large plaster room at the contemporary extension from Portzamparc, passing through the workshops of Antoine Bourdelle. The models presented establish a dialogue between fashion and sculpture with the creations of this great master of the 20th century. The Back Side / Dos part in fashion also offers a unique look at the works
de Bourdelle, highlighting its powerful musculature and its thin profiles …