The Palais Galliera joins to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration to present ‘Fashion Mix’.
From Charles Frederick Worth to Azzedine Alaïa, from Mariano Fortuny to Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, or from Cristóbal Balenciaga to Raf Simons… many foreign designers and artistic directors have radically transformed French fashion and richly contributed to its history. The ‘Fashion Mix’ exhibition is a tribute to French know-how whose prestige Russian, Armenian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Belgian designers have helped put on the map.
Mingling personal trajectories with fashion history, ‘Fashion Mix’, curated by Olivier Saillard, Director of Palais Galliera, musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris, emphasises the fundamental contribution made by foreign artists to French haute couture and ready-to-wear while presenting an alternative history of immigration, that of men and women, designers and craftsmen who have raised Paris to the status of international fashion capital.
The exhibition displays about one hundred emblematic pieces – dresses, coats, hats, accessories -, selected mainly from the Palais Galliera collections. Personal migratory trajectories and know-how are backed with private as well as public archives – foundation deeds of fashion houses, naturalization files, archives from the OFPRA (French office for the protection of refugees and stateless persons), extracts from radio and TV interviews.
‘Fashion Mix’ is a creation of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration public establishment, with the collaboration of Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition is based upon Palais Galliera’s own collections and documents gathered by the Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration.