Sunday, February 13, 2011

L’ORIENT DES FEMMES
AS SEEN BY CHRISTIAN LACROIX
MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY, PARIS

What astonishes about this colourful and graceful exhibition is that the art of embroidery and hand made ornamentation on the simple tent like dresses covering women in North Africa and the Middle East has not changed for the past thousand years. The oldest dress presented is that of a little girl from the 13th century: delicate red embroidery intact. Christian Lacroix, the designer well known for his love of colour and embellishment chose pieces haunted by the lifelong work of women who put their skill and soul into creating that ceremonial dress of a lifetime.




"These women are born artist-artisans ..Mecanical vulgarization almost extinguished the precious skills of generations . That is why we chose to present these dresses, in their humble majesty,in their modest opulence, veils and coats and their treasure chests, region by region. They are more inspiring than couture podiums, and they speak words that are essential, about an era so quickly forgotten" - Christian Lacroix

Manteau de fête de femme syrienne, dara'a

Veste de femme Palestinienne, taqsiré


L'Orient des femmes vu par Christian Lacroix 
February 8 - May 15 2011
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris


[Photos © musée du quai Branly, photo Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado]

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