In case the three CH's aren't tempting enough (that would be Cheese, Champagne, and Chanel, naturally), here's another reason to book a trip to Paris before the summer is out. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its renowned fashion collection through mid-August, and word on the Champs-Elysées is that the show is a must-see.
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Fashion Forward, as the exhibit is titled, isn't just any old display of corsets and hoop skirts. The retrospective (in the fullest sense of the word), starts during the Louis XIV era and makes its way through this seasons runways collections, showcasing everything from a monkey suit (seriously, there is an outfit made specifically for a monkey on display), to a 17th-century hunting coat, to contemporary, iconic designs by Dior, Junya Wantanabe, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Comme des Garcons, Elsa Schiaparelli, and more. The exhibit, curated by Pamela Golbin, is also the first to take place in the museum's Grand Nave, and none of the pieces (even the historic ones) are behind glass. (Sadly, "look, don't try on" does still apply).
Can't drop everything and head to Paris (don't you hate it when that happens?) Here are a few of our favorite shots from the exhibit.
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