From 26 November 2021 to 6 March 2022


The exhibition À la mode. The Art of Appearance in the 18th Century juxtaposes iconic textile and pictorial items to reveal the reciprocal influences at play between the world of art and the birth of fashion in the 18th century.


The exhibition brings together over 200 objects dating from the 18th century from major textile and fine art museums. Iconic paintings are displayed alongside precious textiles, never previously seen drawings, garments, and accessories, some of which have been restored especially for the exhibition.

A special collaboration with the Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Paris Musées. Coproduced with the Musée des Beaux-arts de Dijon, which will host the exhibition from 13 May to 22 August 2022.

Chief curator:
Sophie Lévy, Director and Curator of the Musée d’arts de Nantes.

Scientific curators:
Adeline Collange-Perugi, Curator of early art collections, Musée d’arts de Nantes. Pascale Gorguet Ballesteros, Chief curator, 18th Century Fashion and Dolls Department, Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. Sandrine Champion-Balan, Chief curator, Collections Development Centre manager, Collections manager, head of modern collections for the curatorial team of the exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.


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With special contributions from the Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

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The museum would like to thank the French State – Ministry of Culture – DRAC des Pays de la Loire for the grant awarded for the exhibition.

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The museum would like to extend its thanks to its media partners:

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- Robe à l'anglaise et jupe, vers 1780-1785, Satin de soie rose, Paris, Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. CCØ Paris Musées / Palais Galliera
- Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Portrait de femme, vers 1787, huile sur toile, 100,6 x 81,4 cm, Quimper, musée des Beaux-Arts, © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

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