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When flowers became textile

a history of floral motifs and textile design, with the support of Leonard Paris
This exhibition offers a journey through time, recounting the extraordinary history of flowers and textile design from the 18th century to the present day presenting examples from the museum’s extraordinary collections. The exhibition explores how the colors and fragrances of flowers inspired textiles patterns and motifs. The exhibition explores how draftsman, inspired by scientific expeditions, the rise of horticulture and fashion, copied after natural flowers and invented new floral motifs transferred their marvelous drawings to patterns for fabrics. By the twentieth century, designers effectively “staged” their flowers that were then copied by both artisanal and industrial manufactures. The exhibition is organized around three main themes : Natural Flowers and Ornamental Motifs, The Art of Representing Flowers, and Wearing Flowers.

In 2018, the fashion house Leonard Paris celebrates its 60 anniversary. With the emblem of the orchid, a wild and fragile flower, Maison Leonard has known, during all these years how to exploit the art of flowers, both representing them and on costume design. Leonard owes is success to re-transcribing to perfection the delicacy and fragility of each printed flower. The fabric as a flower and the flowers are the identity of Maison Leonard in a unique and iconic style.

743.8.KOE.2 : Gravure de mode "Robe XVIIIe siècle", Paris, Mulhouse, manufacture Stein-Koechlin & Cie, lithographie
Photo "Leonard" : Leonard Paris, collection Robe courte Hortensias, dessin Nabuco, été 1993 / tous droits réservés
Suitable for families

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