MAC is getting ready to break out its LBD for Andre Leon Talley’s upcoming “Little Black Dress Exhibit” in July.
The beauty brand is sponsoring the show which will make its debut on July 3 and run through September 22at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture in Paris. For the opening party on July 1, over 50 garments from designers like Proenza Schouler, Joseph Altuzarra, Ohne Titel, and Prabal Gurung will be paired with face charts of looks that MAC conceived during their respective fashion weeks for the collections.
John Demsey, group president at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., noted that aside from the brand working with the designers regularly, MAC’s workday wardrobe also made them naturally qualified to partner for the exhibit. “We love integration with an academic purpose at the same time that’s fashion, and we thought this was a wonderful opportunity to support important retrospective work and [meanwhile incorporate] makeup,” he told Women's Wear Daily. “People at MAC are well-versed in understanding the importance of black in their wardrobes. That was one of the other secret reasons why we love this.”
Though the display isn’t a historical retrospective, the exhibit will also host pieces from Chanel, Yves, Saint Laurent, Diane von Furstenberg, Madame Grès, and Stella McCartney. I am not trying to create a historical perspective of the little black dress,” Talley explained. “I wanted it to be very contemporary and based on personal experiences. Most of the dresses in the show have been selected by me because in my memory I have either seen clients wear them or I was with the client when she selected it. A lot of the dresses are contemporary, right up to 2012.”
We’re packing our bags for Paris as we speak!