Celebrating twenty years of contemporary fashion is the second edition of the two-part exhibition, 'The Idealized History of Contemporary Fashion Vol. 2', by curators Olivier Saillard and Bernadette Caille at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
The second shutter of the exhibition, which runs through 8 May 2011, is completely devoted to the time period 1990-2000 portraying the works of 30 creators who have contributed immensely to the contemporary fashion movement.
The first edition of the exhibition delved into the trends of the 1970s and the 1980s wherein the fashion industry saw a gradual progression towards glamour and creativity.
For the current exhibition, each of the creators have been grouped under various schools of fashion like Belgian, English, urban and minimalist, of the haute couture or independent. The resultant is an extravagant show of around 150 collections, photos and videos paying homage to a decade of glitz and contemporary style.
While, on one side, the minimalist designs of Helmut Lang and Jil Sander gave an impression of simplicity, works by high-end designers like John Galliano at Dior, Martin Margiela in Hermes or Marc Jacobs of Vuitton contrasted creations of the former with their provocative and over-the-top designs.
The exhibition also portrays the gradual transition of an organized and mature market during the 1990s to one during the years 2000 punctured by climatic attacks, catastrophes and financial crisis.