”Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette” exhibition at Bard Graduate Center Gallery

halebone stays. France, ca. 1740–6. Photo: Patricia Canino/ Courtesy of The Bard Graduate Center
halebone stays. France, ca. 1740–6. Photo: Patricia Canino/ Courtesy of The Bard Graduate Center

”Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette” examines the extraordinary ways in which women and men have shaped their bodies into distinctive silhouettes in the name of fashion.Having garnered high acclaim at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris in 2013, the exhibition Fashioning the Body will present the many devices and materials that women and men have used to shape their silhouettes from the seventeenth century to today, including panniers, corsets, crinolines, bustles, stomach belts, girdles, and push-up brassieres, alongside examples of period garments that were molded by these distinctive understructures.  The exhibition will also look at how lacing, hinges, straps, springs, and stretch fabrics have been used to alter natural body forms.Curated by Dr. Denis Bruna, curator, Fashion and Textile department, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and professor at the École du Louvre.

Through July 26, 2015

ARTS DECORATIFS 2013 - EXPO MECANIQUES DES DESSOUS
Bustle known as a “strapontin.” France, 1887. (Photo: Patricia Canino/ Courtesy of The Bard Graduate Center)
ARTS DECORATIFS 2013 - EXPO MECANIQUES DES DESSOUS
Corset. United States, ca. 1860-70. (Photo: Patricia Canino/ Courtesy of The Bard Graduate Center)

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