NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Christian Lacroix, Evening Ensemble “Coup de Roulis” Autumn-Winter 1991 ©Katerina Jebb @

Christian Lacroix, Evening Ensemble “Coup de Roulis” Autumn-Winter 1991, Photo ©Katerina Jebb

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo will hold new exhibition “Paris Haute Couture” form March 4th. Haute Couture emerged in Paris in the late 19th century, a French term literally meaning “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”, or more usually “high fashion”. It became known for its high end fashion by a limited number of brands who are members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture , the association of couturiers, producing garments made to order for clients under the leadership of a designer.

This exhibition takes a historical look at haute couture from its beginnings to the present day, and is a reconfiguration for the Mitsubishi Ichigokan of the Paris Haute Couture exhibition at the Palais Galliera Musée de la mode de la Ville de Paris in 2013, under the artistic direction of Olivier Saillard, the director of the Galliera Museum.

This exhibition features 130 pieces comprising gowns, accessories, designs and photographs that show a silhouette of the times, artistry that has been handed down through the generations, with the finest embroidery, feather craft and corsage-making in the world by such great couturiers as Chanel, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Alaïa .

Paris Haute Couture
Date: March 4th – May 22nd, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Till 20:00 on Friday; except April 29th, and May 16th – 20th)
*Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing time
Closed on Monday (Except National Holiday, May 2nd and 16th)
Place: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Address: 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81(0)3 5777 8600 (Hello dial)

Text: Aya Shomura

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