“Tenue correcte exigée ! – quand le vêtement fait scandale” Les Arts Decoratifs 1 Dec – 23 April

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The exhibition currently at Les Arts Decoratifs questions what is acceptable in everyday dress. Is it shocking because the clothes are too tight, too large,  too short, too long, too bright, too transparent? Are you offended because men look like women or women look like men? Recently appearing too modest by wearing the ‘burkini’ on the beaches of the South of France caused a scandal . You won’t be finding the ‘burkini’ in the exhibition because  it avoids  religious and military looks as well as stage costumes. What you will find are iconic pieces that caused a scandal in their day.  Coco Chanel putting women in trousers, Jean Paul Gaultier putting  men in skirts, Yves Saint Laurent and his smokings and of course John Galliano for Dior’s homeless inspired collection and who could ever forget  the bump collection by Comme des Garcons.

Who has the power to dictate what is acceptable and what is forbidden?   Do you dress for yourself or do you dress for others? Tenue Correcte Exigee! Quand Le Vetement Fait Scandale attempts to answer these questions by exposing more than 400 looks and accessories going from today and  travelling back in time to the XIV th century.

Tenue Correcte Exigee! Quand Le Vetement Fait Scandale

December 1 – April 23rd, 2017

Les Arts Decoratifs








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.