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Le Théâtre de la Mode: Post-War Haute Couture in Paris
Connie Gray

Wednesday 20 March 2024


Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Le Théâtre de la Mode

Connie Gray

By the end of the German occupation of Paris in 1944, the French couture industry lay in tatters, its reputation shredded and its very existence threatened by restrictions, bureaucracy and Germany's elaborate plan to relocate Haut Couture to Berlin and Vienna. This fascinating lecture will examine how the phoenix of Parisian fashion rose once again from the ashes of war to swiftly and decisively reclaim its long-exalted dominance on the world stage. The talk will explore how Paris's avant-garde created a post war renaissance that fused theatre, ballet, fashion, modern art and opera into one ingenious production and how it would become a sensationally powerful economic driver that would bring Paris fashion back to a global audience whilst raising over 1 million French Francs for War Relief in 1945 alone.

With a background in fashion and broadcasting, Connie Gray is a specialist in the history of 20th century fashion illustration and its powerful legacy with both the most influential fashion publications internationally and the great couture houses of Paris, London and New York. She is regularly invited to lecture both in the UK and the US and sits on advisory boards at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London and Special Collections at FIT, New York. As a curator and archivist, she works closely with institutions and foundations on acquisitions, conservation and exhibition projects. She has also been invited to curate specialist exhibitions including most recently Legends Only at Claridge's Hotel, London in 2022 and 100 Years of Fashion Illustration at The Society of Illustrators, New York.

Tickets £8 at the door. Annual memberships available

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