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Exhibitions : Recent Exhibitions : Permanently in Fashion


French Design from the 1950's through the 1980's from the collection of the Fashion and Textile Museum

March - September 2004

This bijou exhibition was the inaugural display of pieces from the FTM permanent collection. The Fashion and Textile Museum highlighted Couture and Pret-a -Porter designs from its archive. The exhibit was be intimate and gave museum visitors a chance to take a look at these jewels of French fashion, unseen until now.

This small and precise show featured such amazing creations as Christian Dior Gowns from his last collection before his death in 1957, Cardin dresses from the classic futuristic shift of the 1960's to his experimental designs in the 1970's, and a stunning Balenciaga column gown. The FTM also allowed museum visitors to compare less well-known French designers, and to study the craft in the making of these clothes that placed Paris at the forefront of style for 150 years.

Visitors experienced the great French designers of the last half century and saw beautifully made gowns in a beautiful award-winning building as the Fashion and Textile Museum selects from its permanent collection, in 'Permanently in Fashion'.

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