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    Two Centuries of French Fashion Elegance

    • Dates: September 26, 1949 through January 8, 1950
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    • Fall approximately 1949: The Brooklyn Museum is pleased to announce that it has been designated by the National Friendship Train Committee and the Marquise de Potestad, as the final recipient of the French “Merci Train” collection of 49 French Costume dolls.

      These fashion mannequins were especially made as an expression of gratitude to each of the 48 states and the district of Columbia by the Syndicat de la Couture de Paris, The dolls are about 2 1/2 feet high and are charming and accurate examples of two centuries of French eloquence in dressmaking from about 1706 to 1906. They will be added to the Museums very large collection of costumes from every period of history and every section of the world.

      A special showing is planned for September 1949 at the Brooklyn Museum as one of the Fall activities of the recently completed Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory of the Industrial Division.

      The following organizations have cooperated with the French Dressmakers (La Haute Couture) by donating fabrics which were used in the costumes of the fashion mannequins:
      Union des Industries Textiles
      Fedération de la Soierie
      Comité Central de la laine
      Syndicat General de l’Industrie Cotonniére
      Négociants en tissus - speciaux pour la Haute Couture

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 04-06/1949, 046. View Original

    • September 26, 1949: Elsa Schiaparelli famous French couturier will visit the Brooklyn Museum at 10:30 A.M., Monday, September 26th, to see the dramatic installation of the fashion dolls presented by the Syndicat de Couture de Paris, now part of the Brooklyn Museum Collection.

      Schiaparelli will pose with the striking 1906 doll which she designed.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 07-09/1949, 090. View Original

    • September 26, 1949: The famous French couturier, Jacques Fath will be present to assist at the opening of the exhibition “Two Centuries of French Fashion” at 4 P.M. on Monday, September 26th at the Brooklyn Museum. M. Fath and M. René de Messieres (cultural counselor of the French Ambassador) will cut a ribbon barring the trellised entrance to the dramatically installed 49 costume dolls fashioned by members of the Syndicat de Couture de Paris.

      Mr. Fath designed one of the dolls: an 1867 princess-cut coat bordered with beaver fur.
















      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 07-09/1949, 091. View Original

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