If you’ve ever read one of my fashion show reviews, you would know I hold a special place in my heart for garments that are impactful from the back. The front is important but I love to see something exciting when the model turns. I also love when a fashion show photo captures the back of the model who is going back in while the focus is on the front of the garment which just came out. And think about how sexy a backless dress looks and feels.
Unfortunately, many designers neglect the back. It’s understandable, I guess. When you talk to someone, you’re looking at the front. When a garment hangs in the store, you see the front first. Also, the wearer doesn’t see their back in its entirety in the mirror.
However, and this is a big
A Tribute to the Back Side
This is where Back Side: Fashion from Behind comes in. It’s a temporary exhibition on at the Museum of Fashion and Lace in Brussels and I’m really happy I got to see it before it ends in March, 2019. It brings together garments from museums and couture design houses and the focus is on the back. Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Azzedine Alaïa, and Elsa Schiaparelli are among the designers whose looks are featured.
This isn’t my usual type of blog post but I hope these photos inspire you. If you’re a designer, think more about how your pieces look from the back. If you just wear clothes
If you get the chance, be sure to visit the Museum of Fashion and Lace and view the exhibit. You can also visit the Lace Room which focuses on the history and manufacture of lace. Among the items on display are rare pieces of Brussels lace.
The Museum of Fashion and Lace is located on Rue de la Violette, a quiet street close to the bustling Grand Place.