Maryhill Museum of Art's internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Mode collection will be exhibited at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery from Oct. 7 through Dec. 21.
Visitors to the exhibition will enter the enchanted world of over 160 dramatically grouped, elaborately costumed mannequins, dressed in the exquisitely detailed fashions of Paris in 1946 and posed in nine artistic stage sets with lights engineered specifically to create a theatrical atmosphere.
These one-third human size mannequins celebrated world peace at the close of World War II through their lavish display of French haute couture and in the process, raised everyone's spirits as well as war-relief funds for Paris.
One of Maryhill Museum's most popular collections, Theatre de la Mode went on a world tour in the early 1990s making stops at Musee des Arts de la Mode in Paris, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at The Fashion Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.
It last traveled to the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1993 and selected pieces were at London's Imperial War Museum in 1997.
The collection includes ensembles created by historically noted designers including Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Jacques Fath, Nina Ricci and the House of Worth. The theatrical sets were designed by artists such as Jean Cocteau and Christian Berard among others.
A five-day group tour for Maryhill Museum members to view the exhibition will leave from Portland on Nov. 1. The group's itinerary includes a visit to the Bishop Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum.
While Theatre de la Mode is in Hawaii, Maryhill will feature Uncommon Threads, a special exhibition of rarely seen textiles from its permanent collection.