Harper’s Bazaar – First in Fashion exhibition at the MAD until 14th July 2020

The Museum of Decorative Arts (which takes the acronym ‘MAD’ in French) has just reopened its fashion galleries, which have been completely renovated thanks to the kind patronage of philanthropists Stephen and Christine Schwarzman, “long-time friend(s) of Donald Trump” (according to Wikipedia).

Te celebrate the reopening, the MAD has organised a large exhibition about the famous American magazine Harper’s Bazaar, founded in 1867 and often called “the first fashion magazine”.

Harper’s Bazaar is not your average fashion magazine – not only has it reflected its era, but also shaped its image of fashion. Legendary artists and photographers have worked for the publication (Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Peter Lindbergh, Jean-Paul Goude…) and the icon Diana Vreeland started there a a journalist in 1936 before becoming fashion editor for over twenty years and moving on to edit Vogue.

The magazine is also known as a literary review of international stature, commissioning and publishing writings by Jean Genet, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens and Truman Capote.

And of course, Harper’s Bazaar has always showcased the pinnacle of style from the most talented designers – Lanvin, Dior, Balenciaga…

Harper's Bazaar - First in Fashion exhibition at the MAD until 14th July 2020
© Peter Lindbergh

Across the two floors of the fashion gallery, the exhibition shows sixty couture and prêt-à-porter creations, presented chronologically and by theme (don’t forget that the magazine has covered over 150 years of fashion), together with numerous iconic photos.

Linked with the exhibition, you might also be interested in:

— guided visits (available in English!)

— workshops to take part in as a family, where you’ll explore the Pop’Art style

— a ‘Photo & Fashion’ course for 11-15 year-olds (5 sessions each lasting 2.5 hours – 90€)

— writing workshops on Thursday 26th March (7.30-10.30pm) and Saturday 18th April (11am-5pm)…

Harper's Bazaar - First in Fashion exhibition at the MAD until 14th July 2020
© Patrick Demarchelier

A catalogue of the exhibition (200 pages, 230 illustrations) is also available in English (at the end of April) for £37.69 (here) or in French (49€ here at amazon.fr).

The exhibition Harper’s Bazaar – First in Fashion is at the MAD (here) until 14th July 2020

Open every day except Mondays from 11am-6pm (9pm Thursdays)

Last ticket 45 minutes before closing

Admission: 14€ / 10€

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To read the English press kit for the exhibition, simply click the ‘fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the image below.