A few weeks ago I told you about the exhibition „Sports / No sports“, during my little walk through the hall of wonderful dresses I discovered a bag from another visitor. I was interested in this bag, because there was a nice printing on it: CHIC! Now I know who was “chic”.
Prosperous men and women of Cologne society were chic! They wore wonderful garments – manufactured between 1610 and 1675. But what does this all mean? Well, let’s start at the beginning. Original items of clothing of the 17th century are extremely rare. One of the world’s most prominent and extensive collections is located in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt. After over seventy years and the completion of extensive restoration the exceedingly rare and in part unique items will again be on show in an in-depth special exhibition.
Frock-coats, bodices, doublets, silk, velvet, lace and ribbons – everything that let your heart beats faster. The exhibition moreover features such accessoires as collar stays, ruffs, embroidered receptacle, jewellery, and an equally rare stock of shoes. All these clothes are combined with paintings and prints (by Thomas de Kayser, John Michael Wright, Gottfried von Wedig, Jacques Callot…)
#museum | Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
#exhibition | Chic! Fashion in the 17th Century
#until | 16 October 2016