Dress Code: Tenue de Cocktail exposition 19th May to 10 September, Le Musee de La Mode de Marseille curated by Lydia Kamitsis

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During prohibition in the US at the end of the l920’s, the cocktail dress was born.It’s status improved greatly in the l940’s when the French couturiers integrated the look into their collections after the war. Lydia Kamitsis as the curator of the current exhibition at Le musee de la Mode de Marseille explores the paradoxical history of the cocktail dress. The scenographie was designed by Philippe Blondez who recreates the festive atmosphere of the cocktail. The lighting design: Patricia Canino and videos: Patricia Canino and Sergei Pescei.

l00 oeuvres: clothing, accessories and documents are presented gathered from the archives of the couture houses as well as from private collections.
The exhibit explores the chronological history of the cocktail dress starting with the moment that black became the emblematic color of what we now call the ‘little black dress’.

The exhibition at the musee de la Mode de Marseille continues until September l0th. In parallel to the exhibit, le miroir, cinema of the Musees de Marseille presents a series of films including: Troubele in Paradise, The Barefoot Contessa, La Notte, La Dolce Vita…etc. etc. where we see the cocktail dress in movement.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.