Friday, May 20, 2011

L'Orient des Femmes

After church on that Sunday in Paris two weeks ago, I made the short walk across the Seine on the Pont de l'Alma, took a quick right and ended up at the Musee du Quai Branly. Situated in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the Branly features 'indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.' My goal was to view the exhibit put together by Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, called L'Orient des femmes and featuring the museum's collection of both old and modern women's dress from the Middle East, specifically Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and the Sinai Peninsula. Some of the women in these countries have since been burqua'd; some still wear variations of these gorgeous robes for marriage ceremonies and festive occasions. Most of the robes on display date from the late 19th to late 20th centuries. So much beauty collected in one subtly lit and dramatic space! It was a visual feast. For your enjoyment, a slide show of some of my favorites...

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