We’ve come a long way from the times when women were “seen and not heard,” but oh, were the women seen. The Musée Galliera just unveiled its newest exhibit, “Under the Empire of Crinoline,” a collection of luxurious gowns from 1852 to 1870. During that time a woman’s most important feature was her hips (to show how good at child bearing she would be), and crinoline and hoop skirts went a long way in perpetuating that message. The exhibit features over 300 gowns – all with exquisite details and craftsmanship. As a history buff, and lover of all things fashion, I wish I could be in Paris to see this. As uncomfortable and impractical these gowns are, no one can argue with their beauty. The exhibit runs though April 26th, after which the Musée Galliera will feature pieces illustrating the glamour of the 1950s.
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