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The 50s Fashion in France Credit: Henry Clarke, robe du soir de Jacques Fath A/H 1949-1950 © Henry Clarke/Galliera/Roger-Viollet

The Hot Ticket: The 50s – Fashion In France

A roll call of the designers working in Paris in the 1950s – Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy et al – and it’s easy to see why it was such a defining era in fashion history. Step back in time and retrace the dynamic decade at the Palais Galliera’s new exhibition, The 50s: Fashion in France, 1947-1957.

Delving into the Palais Galliera archives to tell the story of the 1950s through some 100 outfits and accessories, the exhibition takes the launch of the house of Christian Dior and its first collection in 1947 as a starting point.

All cinched waists and full skirts, Dior’s ‘New Look’ became the emblem of the decade, but that’s not to downplay the success of Balenciaga’s ‘barrel’ line and the unique cuts at Chanel; both of which are coveted to this day.

A glorious array of gowns, day dresses, skirt suits and more, from both haute couture and ready-to-wear collections, the exhibition uncovers the inextricable link between fashion and social history in the most elegant way.

The 50s: Fashion in France, 1947-1957 runs until Sunday 2nd November at the Palais Galliera, Paris.

See how the 1950s silhouette lives on in contemporary collections in our style edit below and emulate the era’s ultimate icon by finding out how to Steal Grace Kelly’s Style.

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