Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe features 40 extraordinary fashions and accessories from the fabulous wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952). Exceptional haute couture dresses designed by Worth, Fortuny, Babani or Lanvin will be on display along with accessories, portraits, photographs, and films.

A famous beauty celebrated for her "aristocratic and artistic elegance," the countess fascinated her contemporaries, including Marcel Proust who told her cousin, Robert de Montesquiou, "I have never seen a woman so beautiful." When Proust wrote his great novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), the Countess Greffulhe was one of the primary inspirations for his immortal fictional character, Oriane, the Duchess de Guermantes, of whom he wrote, "Each of her dresses seemed like...the projection of a particular aspect of her soul."

Proust's Muse is based on La Mode retrouvée: Les robes trésors de la comtesse Greffulhe, an exhibition organized in Paris by Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, which is the repository of the countess's wardrobe. Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, has organized the exhibition in New York in collaboration with Saillard.


Save the date!

A talk on Proust & fashion will be held at Albertine with Valerie Steele and Anka Mulhstein on November 22 at 7pm.


The exhibition is part of the Tandem Paris-New York 2016.
 
TANDEM PARIS-NEW YORK 2016 is a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York. From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines from the partner city.
 
Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the Institut français, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.

LOCATION: Fashion Institute of Technology
DATES: Sept 23, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017
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Fashion Institute of Technology 227 W 27th St New York, NY 10001

Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe at the Fashion Institute of Technology

When
Sept 23, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017
Where
Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
©Otto/Galliera/Roger-Viollet

Proust's Muse, The Countess Greffulhe features 40 extraordinary fashions and accessories from the fabulous wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952). Exceptional haute couture dresses designed by Worth, Fortuny, Babani or Lanvin will be on display along with accessories, portraits, photographs, and films.

A famous beauty celebrated for her "aristocratic and artistic elegance," the countess fascinated her contemporaries, including Marcel Proust who told her cousin, Robert de Montesquiou, "I have never seen a woman so beautiful." When Proust wrote his great novel In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu), the Countess Greffulhe was one of the primary inspirations for his immortal fictional character, Oriane, the Duchess de Guermantes, of whom he wrote, "Each of her dresses seemed like...the projection of a particular aspect of her soul."

Proust's Muse is based on La Mode retrouvée: Les robes trésors de la comtesse Greffulhe, an exhibition organized in Paris by Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, which is the repository of the countess's wardrobe. Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, has organized the exhibition in New York in collaboration with Saillard.


Save the date!

A talk on Proust & fashion will be held at Albertine with Valerie Steele and Anka Mulhstein on November 22 at 7pm.


The exhibition is part of the Tandem Paris-New York 2016.
 
TANDEM PARIS-NEW YORK 2016 is a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York. From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines from the partner city.
 
Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the Institut français, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.

 


LOCATION: Fashion Institute of Technology
DATES: Sept 23, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017
Click here for more information
 
 
 

 

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