After a wonderful lunch overlooking the Tuileries with my mother at Le Saut du Loop, TE and I sauntered into the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. This museum was not on our “to do list” but we were near it and my mom said we should take a look.
The minute we went in and I saw there was a Dries Van Noten exhibit. I remembered my friend and neighbor JH had said to me right before I left, “You have got to go see the Dries Van Noten exhibit in Paris…I read it is great.” I had nodded and said yes…not really knowing what she was talking about. When I saw the signs I remembered her encouraging words…JH’s recommendation was enough for me and TE to tour the exhibit AND then the entire museum.
Dries Van Noten, the high end fashion designer from Belgium, worked with the museum to assemble a fashion related multi media exhibit filled with 19th century women’s and menswear, pieces from other designers and couturiers, a few pieces from his own collection, artwork from artists like Damian Hirst, and even pieces of archival film. The idea was to curate a collection that let us inside the iconic fashion designers mind…to understand his inspirations.
TE and I were a little skeptical at first as we opened the door to the very dark exhibit hall and we saw several fashionistas paying silent homage to Dries Van Noten. By the end of our slow wind through the dark rooms, with illuminated mannequins, runway shows playing on television monitors, printed walls and floors…we were hooked. Click here to view the New York Times review of the exhibition.
On a side note, I loved that my guy TE spent 45 minutes with me walking through a fashion exhibit as well ( he’s a man who on the one hand made sure we saw all of the U.S. FIFA World Cup games while we were in France, but on the other hand wanted to spend almost 2 hours in the Paris’ decorative museum is my kind of guy)!
Here’s a few photos I took inside the museum…a glimpse of the Dries Van Noten exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris…
If you are in Paris before this summer or early fall…I would recommend that you pop into the Musee des Arts Decoratifs right off of the Tuileries to see this show.
P.S. About half way through the exhibit, I was stopped by a guard from taking photos. I didn’t realize that photos were not allowed. Was happy that I got these though.
P.P.S. I am home today. Flew in yesterday. Happy to be home, but miss Paris!
P.P.S. Again, some of my favorite photos from Paris are on COCOCOZY Instagram…follow me there for photos that are not here on the blog!
Photos: Coco of COCOCOZY