Major photographic exhibition planned at the Museum of Decorative Arts – WWD

PICTURE PERFECT: Some of the most iconic fashion photographs of all time, including Horst P. Horst’s 1991 image of a model in a Mainbocher corset, are to be displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as part of a grand exhibition “Photographic Tales” scheduled to open on April 1st.

The 400 images cover portraiture, architecture, landscapes and advertising, from 1840 to today. There is no shortage of lovely photos of Paris either, including Robert Doisneau’s distorted views of the Eiffel Tower, circa 1965. Other renowned photographers include Eugène Atget, Laure Albin Guillot, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Bettina Rheims and David Seidner, who photographed a model in an Yves Saint Laurent ensemble for Italian Vogue in 1985.

Photo by Horst P. Horst of Madame Bernon wearing a Mainbocher corset, 1991.
Courtesy of the Museum of Decorative Arts

The showcase, organized chronologically and thematically, tells how photography has been used for political, commercial, artistic and topical purposes, and highlights its relationship to the decorative arts, including fashion and interiors. The famous Parisian museum has a photography collection of 350,000 images.

Sébastien Quéquet, curator in charge of photography, is the main curator of the exhibition at Decorative Arts, closed since the end of October to stem the spread of the coronavirus. It and other museums in France are awaiting permission from the French government to welcome visitors again.

One by Robert Doisneau "Six Photographs of Paris," around 1965.

One of Robert Doisneau’s “Six Photographs of Paris”, circa 1965.

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Tracey L. Sweeney