LUXES MAD opens to the public October 15-May 2 text and photos by Marco de Rivera

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The exhibition that opens today until May 2,2021 illustrates the evolution of luxury over the generations. The exhibition encompasses objects, jewels, furniture and fashion. There are 100 pieces throughout the rooms that are normally closed to the public. This is the definition of luxury as seen through the eyes of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The museum feels that in 2020 one must not limit luxury to simple, ostentatious presentation of dozens of objects from the major brands but must go beyond and what they have chosen to express is luxury from an anthropological and cultural point of view. You will even find refined card games, the oldest Pearl from Abu Dhabi, an Egyptian make-up spoon, rare scientific instruments and manuscripts dating from Antiquity next to designer dresses from the houses of Dior and Chanel. How we view luxury differs depending on our time in history.

Another vantage point is to shed light on the reinvention of luxury in our contemporary societies. We’ve lived through a period of consumerism and ostentation with standardised objects around the world now luxury has more to do with environmental awareness and making simple objects to be passed down from generation to generation.

The exhibition was sponsored by the European Confederation of Linen, Hemp and Flax/CELC


Marco de Rivera

MAD Paris

107 rue de RIvoli

Paris 75001

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.