Paris via New York: Proust’s Muse at FIT


From regular contributor Betty Guernsey comes word of a stunning (and very Parisian) show:

Originally shown at the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, “Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffuhle” currently at the FIT Museum in Manhattan (September 23-January 7, 2017) is, as to be expected, an exhibition of beauty and sophistication.

The inspiration for Proust’s legendary Duchesse de Guermantes in “A la recherche du temps perdu”, the real-life countess, a famous beauty of her time celebrated for her artistic elegance, had a flair for drama and the cutting edge – her most spectacular costumes include creations by Worth, Lanvin, Ricci, and Rouff.

Proust aficionados will delight in the exhibition catalog, “La Mode Retrouvée”, containing photos by Paul Nadar not only of the countess herself (who studied photography with Nadar), but Parisians of her influential social circle.

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