Enfin! Here are some of the photos I took at the Madame Grès exhibit at the Musée Bourdelle a couple of weeks ago. The exhibit was a collaboration between the Musée Galliera - one of two fashion museums in Paris that is closed for renovation right now - and the Musée Bourdelle, which is a small museum devoted to the sculpture of Antoine Bourdelle. Bourdelle was active during the late 19th century and early 20th century and while I don’t know much about him, I do know that he remained devoted to a classical style of sculpture that looked back to the ancient Greeks and Romans rather than towards the future (see Picasso’s early sculpture for example). Madame Grès was originally trained as a sculptress, but went on to found a successful design house that created haute couture for many famous women from the 1940s until the 1980s. Madame Grès was known for her skillful draping and many of her most famous gowns resemble ancient Greek fashions. As you can see from these photos that I took in the first room of the exhibition, the decision to showcase these two artists’ work together was quite an inspired one.