Fashion and Sport, from one podium to another Temporary Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts from September 20, 2023, to April 7, 2024
What to expect
In the heart of Paris, the Museum of Decorative Arts presents a fascinating exhibition: "Fashion and Sport, from one podium to another." This exhibition, taking place from September 20, 2023, to April 7, 2024, offers a unique exploration of the intersection between fashion and sport throughout the ages. The exhibition highlights how these seemingly distinct worlds have intertwined, influencing and mutually enriching the cultural fabric of our society.
Located at 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, the Museum of Decorative Arts is easily accessible via the Palais-Royal, Pyramides, or Tuileries metro stations. Visitors can expect an immersive experience, thanks to the expertise of Sophie Lemahieu, curator in the Fashion and Textile department, and the innovative scenography by BGC Studio. Online reservation is highly recommended, especially for weekend visits, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Sport Before Sports
The exhibition begins with a fascinating journey through time, revealing how sports were perceived and practiced in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the modern era. Visitors enter a circular space dedicated to Antiquity, where sports were often associated with nudity. This section highlights the evolution of sportswear, from medieval jousting to real tennis, unveiling how the iconic white color, still emblematic of tennis today, originated from these ancient practices.
On Horseback or on Guard!
This part of the exhibition focuses on aristocratic physical activities such as hunting, archery, and fencing. Visitors discover how these pastimes were primarily symbols of refinement and elegance. Through period clothing and pictorial representations, the exhibition tells the story of historical figures such as Marie-Antoinette, highlighting the fashion changes that accompanied these activities.
Sport, Effort, Comfort?
In the early 19th century, sports took on a new dimension with the hygienist movement promoting physical activity for health. This section emphasizes the importance of gymnastics and team sports such as football and rugby, where men adopted the first jerseys. It contrasts with the women's attire of the time, marked by elegant tennis, golf, and croquet dresses, reflecting social distinctions.
Into the Water! From Bathing to Swimming
The journey continues with the evolution of swimwear. From 1900 onwards, visitors can observe two-piece costumes, testifying to changes in social norms and fashion. This section illustrates how swimming, once an elegant leisure activity, became a popular and accessible sport.
The Influence of Sport on Contemporary Fashion
In this captivating part of the exhibition, visitors will explore the profound and lasting impact of sport on contemporary fashion. Through a series of iconic pieces, the exhibition illustrates how fashion designers drew inspiration from the world of sports, creating outfits that combine functionality and aesthetics. Noteworthy collaborations between renowned sport brands and haute couture designers are highlighted, showcasing the fusion between these two worlds.
Associated Activities and Events
The exhibition goes beyond a simple presentation of pieces; it comes to life through a variety of activities and events. Workshops for adults, programs for youth, and family activities are organized, providing visitors of all ages with a more interactive and educational experience. Additionally, conferences and special events enhance the exhibition experience, allowing a deeper immersion into the worlds of fashion and sport.
Partners and Sponsors
A special nod is given to the partners and sponsors of the exhibition, notably Lacoste as the main partner and the Olympic Museum of Lausanne as the cultural partner. Their support plays an essential role in the realization and success of this unique exhibition, emphasizing the importance of cross-sector collaborations in the world of art and culture.
In conclusion, "Fashion and Sport, from one podium to another" is more than just an exhibition; it is a celebration of the fusion between two worlds that have shaped our contemporary culture. It invites visitors to reflect on how fashion and sport have influenced each other, creating trends and styles that transcend the tracks, fields, and podiums.
We warmly invite fashion enthusiasts, sports fans, and the curious from all walks of life to come and discover this unique exhibition. Be inspired by the richness and diversity of the showcased pieces, and have a fulfilling experience in the heart of Paris.
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