Palais Galliera to stage a retrospective on sportswear
by Modem – Posted May 11 2023
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The Palais Galliera in Paris presents "Fashion in motion", a retrospective dedicated to sportswear, from 16 June 2023 to 7 September 2025 in the garden floor galleries.

This chronological exhibition, curated by Marie-Laure Gutton, head of the accessories collections, and assisted by Samy Jelil, featuring some 200 works, traces the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day through the museum’s collections, while also developing a transversal theme on the body in movement. In resonance with the Olympic and Paralympic Games that are to be held in Paris in 2024, the Palais Galliera examines the part played by clothing in physical and sporting activities, its relationship to the body and to movement, and the social consequences of its development.

Garments designed for physical and sporting activities are presented alongside everyday clothing. This dialogue casts light on the idea of how sportswear became specialised, how women’s wear was adapted for physical activity at the end of the 19th century, the masculinisation of women’s clothing, and the adoption of sportswear as clothing for everyday life. The changing image of the body, particularly the athletic body, and the way it has been accentuated by clothing, is highlighted in order to show how the liberation of the body through physical activity has contributed to changing mentalities and beauty standards. Swimming costumes, cycling outfits, side-saddle habits, motoring coats and accessories, jogging suits, and sneakers all reflect the distinct silhouettes of three centuries of fashion history.

The Palais Galliera hosts exceptional loans from the National Sport Museum in Nice, the Forney Library in Paris, the Chanel Heritage archives, the Emile Hermès collection, the Sonia Rykiel and Yohji Yamamoto houses. These guest items add perspective to the Palais Galliera pieces, reflecting attitudes to physical exercise and sport through the ages, whether competitive or as a leisure activity.

For preventive conservation reasons, this exhibition will be presented as three successive displays, each requiring a five-week closure. It means that many of the items will be replaced, making it worthwhile for visitors to come again and discover more from the collections of the Palais Galliera.

La mode en mouvement (Fashion in motion)
Palais Galliera, 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie (Paris, XVIe arr.)
Juin 16, 2023 - Septembre 7, 2025

Photo: Peter Knapp, Peter Knapp, Swimwear, for Elle, 1971. © Peter Knapp

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