In celebration of the occasion of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, to be held in Paris from July 26 through August 11, the musée des Arts décoratifs will present an exhibition entitled Mode et sport (Fashion and Sport) from September 20, 2023 to April 7, 2024.
Through a selection of clothing, accessories, photographs, paintings, posters and videos, Mode et sport (Fashion and Sport) investigates the fascinating links between two very different, often unrelatable worlds - fashion and sport - focusing on an overlooked similarity that these two worlds share, their relation to the human body. From the cumbersome tennis dresses of the 19th century to the iconic Lacoste polo shirt, by way of the immediately recognizable yellow jersey of the Tour de France, the exhibition traces the history of sports apparel from Antiquity to the present day, highlighting emblematic clothing and the specific accessories of athletic disciplines, including tennis, skating, football and skateboarding. Mode et sport also reveals how sportswear made its mark on urban fashions beginning in the 1920s, shifting from being worn exclusively during athletic pursuits to become part of the everyday urban wardrobe. The exhibition also highlights the pioneering fashion designers of the Inter-War Period, including Gabrielle Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Jean Patou, and Elsa Schiaparelli, whose designs reflected the new demands placed on clothing without neglecting the elegance of haute couture. Lastly, the exhibition reminds us of how in the world of contemporary fashion, sport has become omnipresent, with logos, insignias and sneakers that invade advertising campaigns and fashion shows to major collaborations between fashion houses and sports companies - great athletes of the modern day have quite literally become ambassadors for luxury brands.