Saturday, May 21, 2016

wanderlust: paris haute couture: the only gown in the world @ tokyo, japan

mitsubishi ichigokan museum


Paris Haute Couture: The Only Gown in the World; doesn't the title of the exhibition sound intriguing? I had short getaway to Tokyo last weekend and to visit this exhibition was on my to-do-in-Tokyo list. The exhibition will end tomorrow, 22 May 2016.

The exhibition showcases the history of haute couture from its beginning in the 19th century to the present. Interestingly, it was Charles-Frederic Worth, an English-born, who created the basis of haute couture in Paris in the late 19th century.  Haute couture means "high sewing" or "high dressmaking". Great pieces from great couturiers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few are displayed in this exhibition.

Here's a snippet of the exhibition as most of the sections photo taking is not allowed.

Jean Pages, illustration 1935

dress 4
Jean Patou, 1939

 dresses 7 
Premet, 1928 (left), Jeanne Lanvin, 1928 (right)
dress 6 
Chanel, 1937

 dress 5 
Chanel, 1930

dress 3 
Lucile Paray, 1933

dress 2 
Robert Piguet, 1939

dress 1 
Jean-Paul Gaultier, 2006


Throughout my visit, I was drooling over the pretty and unique dresses and oh-ing and ah-ing almost non-stop. Who can resist such beautiful dresses? Furthermore, the amazing beading, embroidery and other embellishments are indeed making each dress display here the only gown in the world. Oh how I wish I could own one of the dresses....

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