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Fashion Forward

Comme des Garçons
The Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion exhibition, casts a new spotlight on one of the richest collections in the world, freed from its display cases in the Fashion galleries to be shown for the first time in the museum’s Nave.

Now France’s foremost national collection, it is the result of the merger of two admirable collections, that of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs since its creation in 1864, and that of the Union Française des Arts du Costume (UFAC), founded in 1948 and currently presided by Pierre Bergé, of which the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the proud custodian.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Musée des Arts de la Mode, founded in 1986 on the initiative of Pierre Bergé and the French textile industry with the support of Jack Lang, then culture minister, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is paying tribute to this collective adventure and great fashion moment.

The Collection also includes accessories, major collections of drawings and photographs, and the archives of iconic creators such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet and Cristobal Balenciaga.

The Fashion Forward exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to the present.

Featured: Comme des Garçons, Robe, printemps-été 2015 © Jean Tholance, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, collection Mode et Textile


The Fashion Forward
3 Centuries of Fashion

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris, France
T: +33 1 44 55 57 50


7th April to 14th August 2016

Opening Reception

7th April 2016

Organised By

Musée des Arts Décoratifs


Chief Curator of Fashion and Textiles

Associate Curators

Denis BRUNA, Curator, 19th Century Fashion and Textile collections
Marie-Sophie CARRON DE LA CARRIÈRE, Curator in chief, Fashion and Textiles


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