Sonia Rykiel: the “Exhibition”, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

November the 19th: “THE” opening of Sonia Rykiel “Exhibition” at the Musee des Arts decoratifs in Paris, celebrating forty years of creation. Respect. In the first hall, I meet my old neighbour, the artist Hyppolite Romain who has made illustrations of Sonia Rykiel collections for years. Short break. In the next hall, a friend chats with Stephane Verdino, the trendy bags designer. And I focus on fantastic dresses I’d really like to wear. In the half-light, I stamp Ines de la Fressange’s feet. Oops sorry! I quickly make for the great pictures of Dominique Isserman. Lavish presentation of black and white big prints put against the black walls and on the black floor. Superb portraits of Sonia Rykiel. And I hear a kind of a funny chat between two old gentlemen. Upset one of the two notices:

– There isn’t any man in those pictures!

– Because it’s for women! 

– Ok but there might be a man, I mean a voyeur, between those ladies.

I smile: why not! And I look at the ab fab dress tribute to Sonia Rykiel and designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac met when I left the museum. No way to shoot the dress (low camera’s battery) to add it in this post. Dear Mrs Rykiel, thank you for your really feminine creations full of hapiness and impertinence. Rykiel forever! 


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