LACE & FINERY: PRECIOUS LADIES OF PROVENCE
From 1780 and throughout the 19th century, bourgeois fashions – reflections of Parisian high society – began to appear in the south-east of France and blended with the more working-class Provence styles. At the same time, local textile creation drew inspiration from the dress of travellers from other continents, who arrived at the large ports of Marseille and Toulon.
Inspired by the refined outfits seen in the magazines they subscribed to, highborn ladies ordered new dresses from their dressmakers that were striking in the quality of the materials, the detail of the cuts and the use of new accessories, yet without turning their backs on their passion for colour and printed calicos.
The recreation of 16 figures – the fruit of the meticulous work of historian Eva Lorenzini, a curator at the Musée Provençal du Costume et du Bijou – shows the progressive influence of this new fashion in Provence, subtly mixing Parisian and regional styles, enhanced by influences from the world over.
From 26 March to 31 December 2016
Musée Provençal du Costume et du Bijou
2 rue Jean Ossola, Grasse
Tel: +33 (0)18.104.22.168.65
Open every day from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm (except Sundays in November)