FORMS AND STYLES. Fashion lines
Di forme e di stili.
Dates to be defined
Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice
Gems, accessories, coiffures, shoes, the evolution of clothes, fabrics: how has “fashion” changed since 1750? Through a fresh itinerary that is full of surprises and stylistic references, the exhibition explores customs and changes in taste in Europe, both phenomena that have proved to be “precursors” to the social and cultural changes affecting Europe in recent centuries.
The exhibition offers an extraordinary voyage highlighting the indispensable elements of fashion and glamour, presenting whole chapters of the history of textiles and clothing. From the compressed torso squeezed within rigid stays and plunging necklines typical of the ancien Régime (Marquise de Pompadour style, 1759) to the less artificial lines of the years of the French Revolution; from the successive returns to a style of medieval inspiration, with skirts broadened extravagantly and held up with wire cages, and on to the birth of high fashion in 1857, coinciding with the opening in Paris of a workshop by a British stylist, Charles F. Worth. The voyage continues with the rise of the middle classes, which adopted all the tools of social affirmation that used to be the exclusive prerogative of the aristocracy, and moves on the the Belle Epoque. The exhibition explores the later ruptures and stylistic innovations of the period between the two world wars, and end with the “Roaring Forties”, during which the very idea of beauty changed radically.
Curated by Chiara Squarcina