The Moscow Kremlin Museums introduce an exhibition “Elegance and Splendour of Art Deco. The Kyoto Costume Institute, Jewelry Houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels”. It will be the first time when the collection of women’s clothing by haute couture European houses of the Art Deco period from the Kyoto Costume Institute (Japan) will be demonstrated in Russia. Moreover, visitors will have a chance to see jewels of 1910–1930s created by outstanding jewelry houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, together with original designs and photographs from the archives.
An impressive display which will reflect the ideals of beauty of the day will be held at the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch's Palace and the exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry. One hundred nineteen samples of women’s wear from the Kyoto Costume Institute, considerable part of which was restored specially for this project, will leave Japan and the Kyoto Costume Institute for the first time. Among the exhibits – evening dresses and manteau, dancing and cocktail outfits, as well as “robe de style” – a special kind of gala dress which appears in the women’s wardrobe in the Art Deco period.
The Kyoto Costume Institute is one of the four world best fashion museums and possesses the rarest collection of women’s dresses and accessorizes by outstanding European firms and designers of the first third of the 20th century. Among them are Chanel, Worth, Poiret, Lucille, Paquin, Callot Sisters, Lanvin, Boué Sisters, Fortuny, etc. These were the fashion houses which introduced a new contemporary art movement in creation of costumes in the beginning of the 20th century, and which defined its future development up until today.
The display shows how an epoch combines different kinds of decorative art. For the first time, clothes and jewels as a single ensemble were introduced by Louis Cartier and Jeanne Lanvin at the “Elegance” pavilion during the exhibition in Paris in 1925 – Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes – which later gave the name to the Art Deco style. The same manner of display was chosen by the Moscow Kremlin Museums – elegant dresses at the exhibition will be accompanied by fancy and luxurious jewels by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry houses. Visitors will see both the first and very rare artworks and unique extravagant jewels of a later period.
The Moscow Kremlin Museums refer to the theme of Art Deco as a unique artistic and socio-cultural phenomenon of the 20th century. This style of bright creative imagination, inspired by European classics and modernism, culture of ancient civilizations, national traditions and rapid technological progress, influenced all art forms in 1920–1930s, and remains relevant nowadays.
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition "Elegance and Splendour of Art Deco. The Kyoto Costume Institute, Jewelry Houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels" held at the Moscow Kremlin Museums, 30 September 2016 - 11 January 2017. The catalogue includes three introductory articles and illustrations with detailed descriptions of the exhibits. The articles are devoted to fashion and jeweller`s art of the Art Deco epoch and tell about influence of Japanese art on stylistics of fashion illustrations of that period. The catalogue presents 120 exhibits from the Kyoto Costume Institute, 34 and 24 pieces of jewellery from the collections of Jewelry Houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels respectively, as well as 20 original designs and photographs from Cartier Archives complemented with a piece of jewellery from the Moscow Kremlin Museums` collection. Price: 2,500 rub.
- 10 october 2016THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL "AMBASSADORIAL GIFTS"10, 14, 20 and 24 October 2016. The Music Festival is dedicated to the museum`s exhibition project "Elegance and Splendour of Art Deco. The Kyoto Costume Institute, Jewelry Houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels". The festival program includes four concerts, each one is an exclusive project: "Sergey Diaghilev`s Worlds. Les Saisons Russes", "Avant-garde Composer Igor Stravinsky", "Jazz Age. United States' Music of 1920s" and "Musical Europe of Art Deco Epoch".
ELEGANCE AND SPLENDOUR OF ART DECO. THE KYOTO COSTUME INSTITUTE, JEWELRY HOUSES
CARTIER AND VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
- Bandeaux by Cartier. The art of jewellery during the Art Deco period
- Cocktail Dress by Callot Soeurs
- Dress and Jacket. Gabrielle Chanel
- Evening Dress by Jean-Charles Worth
- Evening dress by Jeanne Lanvin
- Exhibition announcement "Elegance and Splendour of Art Deco"
- Fine accessories by Cartier
- Fine Accessories by Van Cleef & Arpels
"I’m deeply impressed by this remarkable exhibition, which gives connoisseurs of art a chance to experience the collection of women’s clothing by haute couture European houses of the Art Deco period from the Kyoto Costume Institute, as well as jewels of 1910–1930s created by jewelry houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. It’s a pleasure to know that the Rosbank supported this significant event which would form the golden fund of cultural events in the capital and the country."
"This is a magnificent exhibition which gives us an accurate picture of how people of the Art Deco period were creating and understanding what elegance is. The costumes, the drawings and the jewels are so beautiful that they are evoke just astonishment and delight."
"This is a wonderful exhibition project which allows visitors to get acquainted with the Art Deco style origin and feel the atmosphere of its flourishing."
"We’re very proud that Japan possesses this collection. The exhibition itself represents a contribution to forming Russian-Japanese relationship and improving cross-cultural communication."
"I liked the exhibition very much. I see a well thought-out curators’ activity and just a splendid collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute. I attended an analogous exhibition “Art of Art Deco” held at the Victoria and Albert Museum; and this exhibition is a worthy continuation of the theme, absolutely a high-end museum activity."