25 October 2014 - 15 February 2015


Tickets to Fashion Icons go on sale 1 September 2014 on our dedicated exhibition website.


The Art Gallery of South Australia has announced its major international exhibition for spring 2014 - summer 2015 Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

Fashion Icons will paint a unique picture of Parisian style within the context of contemporary fashion design since 1947 when the couturier Christian Dior re-launched haute couture with his New Look. From that time fashion design blossomed with the lavish splendour of the 1950s, the futurist dynamism of the 1960s, the inspired emancipation of the 1970s, the unbridled excess of the 1980s, and the pure minimalism of the 1990s, all inspiring today’s composite portrait of the 21st century.

Over 100 emblematic haute couture garments created by the world's leading fashion designers will be drawn from the most comprehensive collection of French fashion in the world, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and curated by the museum’s 20th and 21st Centuries Fashion and Textile Collection Chief Curator, Pamela Golbin.

'The works selected for this exhibition perfectly illustrate the style of each of the mythical couturiers behind this history of luxury and sumptuousness. Spectacular designs by Cristobal Balenciaga, Gabrielle Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent follow one another in this chronological review, revealing the universality of fashion viewed as a history of art and beauty.' - Pamela Golbin

Internationally renowned, Pamela Golbin has curated ground-breaking exhibitions worldwide including Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs, Madeleine Vionnet: Puriste de la mode and Valentino Retrospective: Past/Present/Future.
Pamela Golbin will be joined on this project by acclaimed French designer and architect Christian Biecher, who will realise the design of the exhibition.

Fashion Icons has been organised by Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in association with Art Exhibitions Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The exhibition will also be part of this year's Adelaide Fashion Festival.


Images left to right:
Left: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Ko and Co, La Joconde, long dress, ready to wear, Autumn/Winter 1983-1984, Les Arts Décoratifs, Mode et Textile collection, gifted by the National Centre for the Arts – Department of Culture and Communications, 1986
Right: Patrick Kelly, evening dress, ready to wear, Autumn/Winter 1989-1990, Les Arts Décoratifs, Mode et Textile collection, in association with Elaine et Harold Blatt, 2005.
Jean Paul Gaultier, costume made for choreographer Régine Chopinot for Le Défilé, act Manque d’air, 1985, Les Arts Décoratifs, Mode et Textile collection, with the Ballet Atlantique-Régine Chopinot, 2006.
Left: Comme des Garçons, dress, ready to wear, Autumn/Winter 2012-2013, Les Arts Décoratifs, Mode et Textile collection, purchased with the support of Louis Vuitton, 2012
Right : Valentino, evening suit, haute couture, Autumn/Winter 2007-2008, Les Arts Décoratifs, Mode et Textile collection, in association with Valentino, 2008.
Art direction/photography : Thierry Dreyfus for Eyesight Group