Come and discover ‘Fashion Icon’, an unprecedented exhibition until 25 March 2012 at Lyon’s Fabric Museum (Musée des Tissus). The museum is highlighting a unique chapter in the history of fashion where the icon is the Virgin Mary!
The Virgin Mary has sported many looks over 650 years from majestic costumes offered by monarchs to more simple attire offered by the people. The exhibition is truly interesting given that many of these costumes were destroyed or disappeared.
In 2009, several haute couture designers refreshed this extraordinary collection and made new designs for the Notre Dame de la Daurade.
The Robe de Carême (Gown of Lent) by Jean-Michel Broc, in viscose figured fabric, evoking the maternity of the Virgin Mary. In plum color, to symbolize mourning and lent as well as velvet ribbons, as soft as freshly-sprung seedlings announcing the renewal of life. The Battle Dress by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac with its camouflage fabric evoking a strong and protective Virgin, trampling the serpent of evil and protecting the people devastated by war. The Robe de fête (party dress) by Franck Sorbier reminds us of the gowns worn by monarchs of the 18th century: in silk fabric with gold thread, and embroidered with metallic lace, pearls and glass jewels.
In the center, on the main podium, are seven gowns created in 2009 by contemporary designers. Around the walls you will discover another fifteen gowns dating from the 18th to the 20th century.
In total, no less than 22 gowns will be on public display. This is a first!
NB: guided tours are available every Sunday from 3 to 4 pm.