Man Ray and Fashion
'Man Ray and Fashion' at MoMu Fashion Museum is an exhibition that unites Man Ray’s iconic photography and works of art with interbellum fashion silhouettes and the work of contemporary fashion designers and photographers inspired by his work. Among others, the exhibition includes creations by Chanel, Maison Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Norine, Yves Saint Laurent, Martin Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, LOEWE and Dries Van Noten.
The exhibition includes photographs Man Ray took for prominent couturiers, such as Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, as well as for important fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Man Ray was an innovator who employed technical ingenuity and humour to ultimately change the way dress would be depicted. His experimental procedures and surrealist winks of the eye brought art and fashion closer together and still influence fashion photography today. Contemporary fashion designers continue to find inspiration in his work, and this is especially true of Belgian fashion designers, with their predilection for Surrealism.

The exhibition is co-organised by MoMu and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, in partnership with the City of Marseille Museums. It was initially presented in Marseille from November 2019 to March 2020 at the Musée Cantini and at the Chateau Borély, then in Paris, at the Musée du Luxembourg from September 2020 to January 2021. MoMu reworked the exhibition concept with an adapted exhibition design, while further linking it with Belgian and contemporary fashion.
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