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Proust’s Muse Exhibition Video

In this exhibition video, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, talks about the history of fashion within Marcel Proust’s work and the legendary wardrobe of Proust’s muse, Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay.

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe runs through January 7, 2016 at The Museum at FIT in NYC.


This exhibition was developed by the Palais Galliera,
Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées.

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe opened a week ago today to great fanfare. We’ve had write-ups in Avenue Magazine, Fashion Unfiltered, Harper’s Bazaar Chile, The Observer, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal.
And don’t miss, the Wall Street Journal’s video of Tanya Rivero interviewing Valerie Steele who describes in detail a number of the incredible dresses in the exhibition!

Since the Palais Galliera does not allow its exhibitions to be photographed, we have provided installation photographs, by staff photographer Eileen Costa, that you may view and share from our Flickr album.

The exhibition design was conceived and developed by MFIT’s architect Kim Ackert together with Valerie Steele and Olivier Saillard, with lighting by Eric Steding. Note, in particular, the use of mirrors. As the Observer describes, they “force the viewer to really look at the clothes from every angle, to gaze, to stare in awe, to really admire the craftsmanship behind every piece.” Laura Jacobs at the Wall Street Journal states that “Ms. Steele brings both ardor and restraint to “Proust’s Muse,” as well as a subtle sense of the reverberations between life and art, the mirror and the camera.”

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe runs through January 7, 2016.