Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs

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In reparation for my slacking on the blog from last year and in compliance with one of my 2013 resolutions, I dug up these photos I took from the Musee des Arts Decoratifs' Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibition from last summer.  The Museum itself is mind-blowing.  It's an adjunct to the Louvre and one of the can't-miss stops in Paris whether you love Fashion (I capitalized the word to show you I do) or History (same).  It cannot be dismissed as just a fashion museum, it's a detailed catalogue of decorative arts and design including textiles, interior design, accessories, household wares, objets d'arts and more from the Middle Ages onwards.  Off the cuff, that could sound boring I KNOW but really, it's an extremely intimate way of getting to know the past and I was thrilled walking through it looking at all the items and furniture and dish-sets and other "stuff" that people from long ago used in their everyday lives:

Musee des Arts Decoratif
Elaborately carved medieval chairs...they are tiny!! Our modern cabooses would never fit.
Musee des Arts Decoratif

Musee des Arts Decoratif; Pauline Paulette Bonaparte
This is a decorative mold of Pauline Bonaparte's left breast.  She was Napoleon's little sister, a celebrated beauty, who caused him endless stress by engaging in numerous widely known affairs including one with Niccolo Paginini (who was like the Elvis of his day) and catching her literally in the act with one of his generals.  I had read a lot about her in conjunction with Napoleon so when I spotted this ode to her bosom I was happy to already know a little bit about her...what a minx! Interesting to note the ideal beauty standards of each era.
Musee des Arts Decoratif; Pauline Paulette Bonaparte
Pauline "Paulette" Napoleon

I like her because she had fun and she was loyal.  After Napoleon lost his fortune and power and was exiled to Elba, she was the only sibling (out of four) to visit him on the island - talk about ingrates (the other siblings), right? Napoleon spent his whole life taking great care of his family who had essentially been poverty stricken.  She also then liquidated all her assets to help him financially.  
Musee des Arts Decoratif
My favorites are the period rooms that were faithfully transferred over from famous/historical hotels particuliers (or, city mansions).   
Musee des Arts Decoratif
The museum is massive, there are hundreds of glass cases enclosing beautifully decorated textiles and furniture from the past.
Musee des Arts Decoratif
Moving on to the 1920s  
Musee des Arts Decoratif; art nouveau
Art Nouveau & the industrial revolution
Musee des Arts Decoratif
Hold tight!  I had visions of Scarlett O'Hara holding onto the bedposts while she gets squeezed into an 18-inch corset.
Musee des Arts Decoratif
Ooohhh the deception...
The Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs retrospective was off to the side, here are the highlights:

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Musee des Arts Decoratif  Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs Exhibition

Clearly, the setups were meant to be provocative, just like Mr. Jacobs himself...

The very handsome Mr. Marc Jacobs in...a Comme des Garcons "dress" (he himself called it a dress, correcting others who called it a tunic/shirt) arriving at the Met for the Costume Institute Gala.  Say what you will, at least he has cajones (metaphorically I mean!).  But why the pilgrim shoes...
It was pitchblack in the Vuitton/Jacobs exhibition area at the museum and I was competing for space with a group of fashion students who were reverently clutching their descriptive pamphlets and endlessly shrieking in adoration at each stage.  But it was still gorgeous.  Things like this are impossible to see in San Diego.  Reason #1045 why I love to travel:  broadens my world.

For his recent Spring/Summer 2013 show for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs sent his models down escalators in pairs (as if they were super genetic twins) and put a mod spin on the house's classic Damier print -

Highlights:









I love the clean lines and poppy colors while paying homage to the historicity of the brand.  *sigh of happiness*

On another note, I'm debating whether to do posts on my thoughts about dating, etc.  I never intended for this blog to be that way and this blog will never focus on that, but inevitably, elements of my private life enter into the narrative because it simply is my life and this is my blog.  But then again, I am a pretty private person to the world out there about that kind of stuff...Let me know if you have any thoughts!

Update:
Some pics of celebrities working the runway looks:






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