Palais Galliera is in collaboration with Palais de la Porte Dorée to showcase the Fashion Mix exhibition, located in Palais de la Porte Dorée’s Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration. Fashion Mix is an exhibit dedicated to well-known designers from all over the world who contributed to the international recognition of the French fashion industry.
Fashion Mix is designed like a timeline, it begins with a small tribute to Charles Fredrick Worth, the father of haute couture, and his garments. Afterwards, the exhibit continues with a story of immigration, from the 19th and 20th century, of men and women, designers and artisans, who all played a part in making Paris the fashion capital of the world. On display are fashion house registration documents, migration forms and personal journeys, and iconic designer items like coats, shoes, dresses, and accessories. Also, playbills from Ballet Russes, old fashion magazines like Les Modes and Art Goût Beauté are showcased (which reminded me of the ‘Krieg und Kleider’ – War and Clothing exhibition in Berlin, Germany – except Fashion Mix is not as media detailed). All of this has played a role in enriching the fashion culture of Paris. Towards the end, there are more recent 21st century creations by designers who are still impacting the fashion world today.
France has designers like Azzedine Alaïa, Fortuny, Yohji Yamamoto, Elsa Schiaparelli, Martin Margiela, Cristobal Balenciaga, Raf Simons, and many more, to thank for giving Paris the reputation as the international capital of fashion. Fashion Mix pays tribute to these designers and gives visitors an idea on how fashion and haute couture came about in the 19th century.
If you are interested in the history of fashion and how Paris as a fashion capital began, visit the Fashion Mix exhibition. Fashion Mix will be on display until May 31, 2015 with a small entrance fee, but students with an identification card are free of charge! Check it out and tell us what you think of it below!
Written and Photographed by: Jessica Manno