The Body of Fashion
from mannequin to the living ideal of beauty

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Paris’ Musée Galleria and the annual Rencontres d’Arles photography festival are hosting Mannequin - Le corps de la mode, an exhibit that examines the evolution of fashion photography, and the model as the body of fashion. In her introduction to the show, curator Sylvie Lecallier writes that the model is "Shaped by and for fashion, she embodies all the contradictions of an industry torn between business and creativity and chronically committed to producing images."

The show will explore how the model has evolved from inanimate “mannequin” to the living ideal of beauty. Lecallier explains that the term mannequin was borrowed from the French and was "initially a reference to the wickerwork dummies used to display garments in the dressmaker's workshop. When applied to living models the term kept its implication of an ‘inanimate object’ existing to call potential buyers' attention to the garment."

Originally conceived for the 2012 edition of the Rencontre d'Arles festival, the show’s success has spurred a second running as part of the Musée Galleria’s off-site program at Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design, located at the Austerlitz Quay on Paris’ river Seine.

Mannequin – Le corps de la mode is open from now until September 23rd 2013, and will feature over 120 photographs, ten films and 40 magazines, including the work of iconic photographers Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Juergen Teller, Nick Knight and Horst P. Horst.

from left: Anonymous (c.1875) - Models for Revue de la ModeAnonymous (1897) - Model for maison de couture Fred Aristotype, Leopold Reutlinger (1903) - unpublished photo for Le Figaro-Modes, Anonymous (1917) - model for Jeanne Paquin, Anonymous (1925) - Paul Poiret and his models, Paul Geniaux (1927) - two models at Grand Steeple-Chase, Paris, Boris Lipnitzki (1927) - Models at the House of Patou,  Anonymous (1933) - model in a Madeleine Vionnet gown, Henry Clarke (1951) - model Simone Micheline Bodin aka Bettina for Lanvin AW 1951, Henry Clarke (1951) - model Ann Gunning for Jacques Heim AW 1951, Interfoto Venise (1954) - couturier Raphael embellishes his SS 1951 collection with nails, Anonymous (1954) - footwear runway show for women, Henry Clarke (1955) - model Dorian Leigh for Jacques Heim SS 1955, Corinne Day (1990) - model Kate Moss.