In Paris the Palais Galliera presents BACK SIDEFASHION FROM BEHIND

The Palais Galliera presents Back Side – Fashion from Behind, an off-site exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle which focused on clothing seen from behind.

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In a society that is obsessed with people’s faces, Back Side – Fashion from Behind is an original and unex-pected theme. By addressing our body’s relationship to clothing from a social and psychological point of view, the exhibition questions the perception we have of our own and other people’s backs.

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The back is a reminder of our limitations: it is hidden from view and to some extent from touch. Yet, fashion consistently decorates it, burdens it, or reveals it.

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On this flattest part of our body, messages and patterns are unambiguously displayed without our ever seeing the glances they attract.

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The back in fashion: from the majestic train of a court gown to the weight of a backpack; the sensuality of a plunging backline to complicated fastening systems.

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This exceptional exhibition of clothing and accessories from the collections of the Palais Galliera presents over a hundred items from the 18th century up to the pre-sent day. And to complete the exhibition, a selection of film extracts and photographs.

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The exhibition spreads across the Great Hall of Plasters, the contemporary Portzamparc extension and Antoine Bourdelle’s studio.

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The models on display establish a dialogue between fashion and sculpture, a dialogue with the works of this great master of the turn of the 20th century.

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Back Side – Fashion from Behind gave us a new take on the works of Bourdelle: we look with new eyes at the powerful, muscular backs and the slender outlines of his sculptures.