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Costumes Parisiens, Fashion Plates from 1912-1914

Costumes Parisiens, Fashion Plates from 1912-1914

Opening Date: 11 October 2013
Closing Date: 30 March 2014

Location: Chester Beatty Library

A hundred years after the publication of the fashion magazine Journal des Dames et des Modes, (1912-1914), over one hundred of the Journal’s exquisite illustrations known as Costumes Parisiens will be displayed at the Chester Beatty Library. The exhibition presents a vivid snapshot of culture and fashion in early 20th-century France, a glamorous period in fashion history and design.

Seventy nine issues of the Journal were published between 1912 and 1914. The Journal appealed to connoisseurs and aesthetes, reflecting the intellectual and artistic culture of the Parisian elite during the close of the Belle Époque. The most distinctive feature of the magazine was its illustrations of contemporary high fashion. Produced through a combination of copperplate engraving and stencil technique (pochoir), the strong lines and vivid colors brought the high fashion of the time to life. This exhibition displays over one hundred of these fashion illustrations alongside contemporary costume on loan from the Ulster Museum.

This online exhibition provides a brief introduction to the three main themes of the exhibition: fashion and clothing of the period, fashion illustrations and printing techniques and the artists and designers represented.

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