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Maryhill Museum of Art

News Release

September 4, 2008


Media Contact: Leslie Wetherell

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620



Collections from Maryhill Museum of Art on World Tour

Goldendale, Washington --- Maryhill Museum of Art is proud to announce that four mannequins from its Théâtre de la Mode collection are traveling in an important exhibition from the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. The exhibit, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris & London, 1947-1957, highlights the best fashions Paris and London had to offer in the postwar years.

First on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum at the end of last year, this exhibit is now a traveling exhibit that can be seen at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia December 7, 2008 to March 22, 2009; Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China May 23 to September 28, 2009; and in the United States at the Frist Centre for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee June 3 to September 26, 2010.

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 explores one of the most glamorous and remarkable decades in fashion history. Starting with the impact of Christian Dior's New Lookafter the Second World War, it explores the work of Dior and his contemporaries during the period when haute couture was at its height. 

The exhibit originally coincided with the 60th anniversary of the launch of the New Look in 1947, and showed how Dior's ballerina-skirted dresses signaled the return to luxury and elegance after wartime austerity.  Couture by Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Hurbert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain in Paris and their London counterparts Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, as well as other successful designers of the time, including Fath, Griffe, Stiebel and Michael of London, offers a broad survey of the decade.

"We are just delighted to be participating in this very important exhibit," stated Betty Long-Schleif, curator of the Théâtre de la Mode collection at Maryhill Museum.  "The mannequins chosen for the exhibit are stunning, and excellent examples of couture of the period."

The mannequins from Maryhill Museum's Théâtre de la Mode collection traveling with the exhibit include a day suit and long dinner dress designed by Lucile Manguin.  The dinner dress is of champagne organza and black lace. It is topped by a long sleeved black velvet spencer with a standup collar. The second outfit is a day suit with a long double-breasted jacket in absinthe and black wool check. A short, pleated black wool skirt, accessories of black suede and a black straw hat completes the outfit.

Another mannequin sports a fitted coatdress of red linen by Marcelle Chaumont who used stitching to emphasize raglan sleeves and buttonhole pockets. Red leather, ankle strap platform shoes set off the outfit perfectly.

A design by Jeanne Lafaurie on a fourth mannequin from the Théâtre de la Mode collection to travel with the exhibit presents a square necked day dress in sulfur yellow jersey. The finely pleated asymmetric drape of the top extends into the full skirt. The outfit is enhanced by purple suede accessories consisting of a hat, platform sandals and gloves. No less pride was taken in executing the tiny buttonholes, exquisite millinery and perfect period hairstyles.

Maryhill Museum's Théâtre de la Mode collection highlights the fashions of post-World War II France on one‑third human size mannequins wearing fashions created by the country's finest designers. Nine different stage sets create elaborate backdrops for the mannequins as they display both casual and formal wear of the day. Each year, three of the nine sets are on display at Maryhill Museum of Art.

For more information on the exhibit visit the V&A's exhibit website:


Experience the Enchantment: About Maryhill Museum of Art.  Perched on a stunning 5,000-acre site overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of artwork that ranges from early 20th century European works to Native American objects.  This award-winning museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940.  Outside the museum is an Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Lewis and Clark interpretive panels and a life-sized replica of Stonehenge.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission fees are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for children age 6-16. Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. Visit for more information.

Photography Day dress designed by Jeanne Lafaurie from the Théâtre de la Mode collection at Maryhill Museum of Art.  Photography Laurent Sully Jaulmes.

For a 300 dpi resolution photo click here.



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