Show time, Paris.
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Fashion is undeniably, even unashamedly, commercial. But how fashion gets itself sold is rarely something we scrutinize too deeply. Rather than set out to catalogue a genre or era of fashion, this exhibition takes as its focus the spectacle of the catwalk and its role in the sale of fashion. Here the catwalk is presented as the crucial stage upon which new fashions first meet the public eye, a theatrical space that thrives on and feeds impossibilities. Rejected is any suggestion that fashion is the innocent result of good taste (as if anyone ever dared to think that) or even the good luck of natural beauty. In its place, this exhibition presents the image of fashion as a complicated industry made up of countless ‘invisible’ individuals who all contribute to the spectacle through which we first consume fashion.
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