ABOUT THIS EVENT
From the court of Louis XIV to the 2006 feature film Devil Wears Prada, the word “Paris” has become synonymous with fashion. But how did one nation — and one city, for that matter — become an internationally renowned source of style and luxury? This is the story of the artisans, artists, politicians, writers, style icons, and designers who transformed Paris into the city of fashion.
Join New York Adventure Club for a digital journey through the dresses, workshops, and lives of the storied designers who have played a part in the history of Parisian haute couture.
Led by fashion historian Caroline Elenowitz-Hess, our virtual experience and showcase of spectacular examples of Paris fashion will include:
– Images of historic garments designed by skilled 18th-century artisans, who set the standards for haute couture (creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing).
– Paintings and photographs of famous Parisian fashion icons throughout history, from Marie Antoinette and Empress Eugenie to Inès de la Fressange.
– A look at some of the most iconic garments to ever come out of Paris, designed by couturiers such as Christian Dior, Jeanne Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
– Scandals surrounding Paris fashion, including Marie Antoinette’s extravagant spending, Chanel’s affair with a Nazi officer, and John Galliano’s dismissal from Dior in 2010.
– The story of how traveling fashion dolls helped haute couture return to international acclaim after the Nazi occupation.
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Caroline — any and all questions about Paris fashion are welcomed and encouraged!