In collaboration with the Hutheesing Heritage Foundation, the Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent Foundation is devoting its 12th exhibition to the costumes of the courts of princely India in the final days of the Raj. Deprived of their powerbase by the british crown, these last Maharajas cultivated their splendour and sought to outdo each other in terms of grandeur. Some sixty models and accessories illustrate a period in which pomp became the official court language: gold, silver, silk, brocade, embroideries, a profusion of colours and precious materials all testify to the unbridled magnificence of the costumes of the era.
Curator Jérôme Neutres and Umang Hutheesing
Scenographer Christophe Martin
Exhibtion catalogue available, éditions de La Martinière, 25€
Photos © Luc Castel
de Jérôme Neutres, commissaire de l'exposition Les derniers Maharajas, le mercredi 10 février 2010 à l'Institut Français de la Mode.
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