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CAUSING A FLAP
Fashions from the Roaring Twenties are alive and well at the Galliera fashion museum in Paris. Its current exhibit, titled "Les Anées Folles: 1919-1929," showcases a fecund time when such major talents as Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin and Paul Poiret emerged.
The era was defined by movement, as planes, trains and automobiles proliferated, and movement also characterized the status of women as they participated in sports, fought for the right to vote, danced the night away in clubs and experimented with gender-bending styles, such as chopping off their hair and wearing men's accessories like bowler hats and bow ties.
Highlights of the exhibition include drop-waist dresses in silk or lamé, adorned with feathers, embroidery, lace, jewels and sequins, along with equally ornate accessories. Activewear also emerged during the period, seen in whimsically knitted swimsuits, a sleeveless cotton tennis dress, wool ski suits and, for zooming around town, a leather Hermès driving cap.
With videos, projections and photographs showing women dancing to jazz, skiing, playing tennis and carefully spraying perfume, the exhibit, running through Feb. 29, presents fashion and accessories as evidence of an extraordinary time in which women were clearly on the move. Musée Galliera, 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116
— Meredith Batastini
ROUND AND ABOUT
After stops in New York, Tokyo, Sydney and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, "Pearls: A Natural History" is making its European debut at Paris' National History Museum, with new additions from French scientists and designers.
The exhibition, running through March 10, explores the biological and ecological history of pearls, from their therapeutic qualities to their popularity in the worlds of fashion and jewelry. On display are more than 300 pieces, including earrings owned by Coco Chanel and a 1915 Van Cleef & Arpels brooch. Alongside designer pieces from Cartier, Lanvin and exhibit sponsor Mikimoto are an Art Nouveau pin designed by Fouquet and Marie Antoinette's set of pearls. Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle, 57, Rue Cuvier, 75005
— Allegra Farina
Finally, a restaurant for Paris night owls. Called Le Lup, it just opened in Saint Germain des Prés, serving from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Spread over three levels, with the dining room upstairs and the cocktail bar on the lower level, the atmosphere is boudoir-like and cozy. On the menu: classic French food as well as pasta dishes and hamburgers. Le Lup, 2/4 Rue du Sabot, 75006; +33-1-4548-8647
— Chantal Goupil