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Theatre de la Mode returns to Europe

Collection still under care of Maryhill Museum

The famed French fashion mannequins of Maryhill Museum of Art are to be included in two important exhibitions overseas.

The Theatre de la Mode continues to enhance all discussions of fashion in the 1940s and to enchant audiences through its enduring haute couture.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is staging "The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947." The exhibition will include five of the Theatre de la Mode mannequins dressed by some of the most important couturier houses of that time.

This exhibition can be viewed now until Jan. 6, 2008.

A catalog has been published to accompany this exhibition and because of the important fashions included from museums worldwide, it is considered a "must see."

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The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Spain has planned a very unusual exhibition entitled "Be-Bomb: The Transatlantic War of Images and all that Jazz, 1946-1956" and will run from Oct. 5, 2007 to Jan. 7, 2008.

Maryhill Museum of Art is lending the Theatre de la Mode set decor designed by Jean Cocteau, the noted French designer and artist. It is a perfect companion to the works of Pablo Picasso, Willem De Kooning, Jean Dubuffet and many others.

This exhibition breaks with tradition by including film, fashion and many aspects of the media to tell the story.

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"Let me reassure fans of the Theatre de la Mode that we will have three set decors and over forty mannequins on view at Maryhill Museum of Art next year" says Betty Long-Schleif who curates this collection. "It is such an honor to be allowed to care for this collection here at Maryhill and still share it with the countries that participated in its creation."


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