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The Back Side

May 24, 2019

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Museums. They are always on my visit list. Whether it's New York City's Museum of Modern Art or London's V&A Museum, I'm always keen to see what new exhibit is happening and where. With this said, I recently came across an intriguing exhibit at Paris' Palais Galliera. The exhibit, "Back Side – Fashion from Behind", looks at fashion from a different perspective. As the title of the exhibit implies, it looks at fashion from the back. Here's an excerpt about the exhibit from The Palais Galliera.


"The back is a reminder of our limitations: it is hidden from view and to some extent from touch. Yet, fashion consistently decorates it, burdens it or reveals it. On this flattest part of our body, messages and patterns are unambiguously displayed without our ever seeing the glances they attract."

"The back in fashion: from the majestic train of a court gown to the weight of a backpack; the sensuality of a plunging backline to complicated fastening systems. This exceptional exhibition of clothing and accessories from the collections of the Palais Galliera presents over a hundred items from the 18th century up to the present day. And to complete the exhibition, a selection of film extracts and photographs."

In a way, the concept of having an exhibit on this topic seems so obvious, but yet it isn't. As the text above mentions, our back is hidden from view, and we do often forget about it or neglect it, in some cases. Although, in thinking about fashion, there are many styles or looks that pay homage to the back. Maybe it'll be the year of the back?

The Palais Galliera exhibit, "Back Side – Fashion from Behind", runs from July 5 to November 17, 2019. You can find more information on the exhibit at palaisgalliera.paris.fr.

In the interim and in case you can't make it, take this as an opportunity to treat yourself - your back side. Whether it's a massage or an outfit designed to show off your back - give it a go. Let's give our backs some attention.

- Aimee



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