Postcard Wednesday – Fashion Forward Three Centuries of Fashion

Fashion Forward- 3 Centuries of Fashion Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris was
for this lover of all things fashion an absolute joy. The exhibition showcased 300 items from the museum’s
collection dating from the late 1700’s to today. The moment I spied the posters in the street I knew this
was a must see for me , which I did, twice in fact and it surely did not disappoint.

The richness and exquisite textiles in the historical garments tell their own story and I couldn’t help
but fantasize about  who may have worn them and the lives they had at that time.

These little beauties are dolls used by designers , aren’t they wonderful , perfect in every detail and
those hats.

The colours in this coat from the 1930’s grabbed my attention. If my memory serves me correctly it
was from the French Couture designer , Jeanne-Marie Lanvin.

The New Look by Christian Dior was launched in 1947 and featured a jacket with rounded shoulders,
cinched waist and very full skirts. The popularity of this look by Dior helped reestablish the French Fashion
Industry after the harsh years of WW2.

The swinging sixties with a pants suit by Andre Courreges from 1965 and a selection of shorter skirts and
cropped double breasted jackets and of course the shift dress.

Some stunningly beautiful evening wear from many designers and eras , just breathtaking.

This last little number has to be my favourite from the modern era.It is by Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto, from his Autumn/Winter collection 2003/2004 and is wool houndstooth with a black chiffon

I hope you have enjoyed a small peak at this exhibition through my eyes.



  1. Tiina L
    August 11, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Wow, amazing exhibition! I could spend the whole day there.

    • Jill James
      August 12, 2016 / 5:45 am

      It was amazing in all aspects, thats why I had to reurn.

  2. Jessica Jannenga
    August 11, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    How fun this is! I love this type of exhibit and remember attending a history of fashion at the museum here in Charlotte years ago.Could you imagine wearing the petticoat and the heaviness of the dresses? The brocade was amazing! thanks for sharingThanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Jill James
      August 12, 2016 / 5:48 am

      Always enjoy linking Jessica. This was quite a lesson in both history and fashion, one can only imaging what the dresses were like to wear.

  3. Petite Silver Vixen
    August 11, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    What a fantastic exhibition! Looks absolutely the kind I'd love so great to be able to enjoy it through you. My, my that 1930s coat is stunning. And I can totally see why you love that Yamamoto piece. The flow and lines of the piece are incredible.

    • Jill James
      August 12, 2016 / 5:52 am

      So glad you enjoyed my view of this wonderful exhibition.The coat was really something, I wonder about the life it lead. The Yamamoto piece was a modern work of art.

  4. Jessica Cangiano
    August 11, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    My stars, what an amazing exhibition – that includes none other than my single favourite look of all time (Dior's iconic Bar Suit). This photo filled post was a treat for the eyes and daydreaming soul alike, dear Jill. Thank you very much for sharing highlights of your visit with us.Big hugs,♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      August 12, 2016 / 5:57 am

      Thank you so much dear Jessica, I am so glad you enjoyed my highlights.You would have been in your element , with your vintage knowledge.I must admit the Dior is also a big favourite of mine.

  5. Laurie Duncan
    August 12, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    So many beautiful clothes! I'm especially loving the 60s pieces! 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 13, 2016 / 6:17 am

      They were all so beautiful Laurie , I can see that the playful nature of the 1960's would be up your alley.Many thanks .

  6. Olga Rani
    August 15, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Amazing exhibition! I love to visit such type of displays and how good it is that photography was permitted at this one so we could see some of the dresses too. Usually there is always "no photography" policy at such places.

  7. Natalia Lialina
    August 22, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    I can imagine the thrill seeing all these beautiful, genuine clothing and outfits in one place – no wonder you came back, Jill! 🙂

    • Jill James
      August 23, 2016 / 1:43 am

      I was in my element admiring the history and beauty of these garments. Something I will never see again , so I had to revisit.

  8. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    August 24, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Wow! Thanks Jill. I have to agree with you for favourite – that absolutely breathtaking Yohji Yamamoto is mine too. But the exhibition looks fabulous, I can understand why you were drawn in. xx

    • Jill James
      August 25, 2016 / 7:16 am

      Glad you liked the Yohji Yamamoto too, isn't it wonderful. I feel so lucky to have experienced an exhibit such as this.

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