ADVANTAGES

Presentation: This exhibition will present a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. Some seventy-five major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints, will highlight the vital relationship between fashion and art during the pivotal years from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris emerged as the style capital of the world. At a time that witnessed the rise of the department store, the advent of ready-made wear, and the proliferation of fashion magazines, those at the forefront of the avant-garde—from Manet, Monet, and Renoir to Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Zola—turned a fresh eye to contemporary dress, embracing la mode as the harbinger of le modernité. The novelty, vibrancy, and fleeting allure of the latest trends in fashion proved seductive for a generation of artists and writers who sought to give expression to the pulse of modern life in all its nuanced richness. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum, the Musée d'Orsay, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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