Man Ray et la mode

Man Ray and fashion

With Man Ray and fashion, the Musée du Luxembourg introduces us to a lesser-known dimension of the great photographer's work. An original retrospective on the borders of art and fashion.
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Free, avant-gardist, dadaist, surrealist, … Man Ray photographed the great artists of his time, such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein or even Jean Cocteau and revolutionized world photography by leaving behind clichés that became iconic.

Man Ray, one of the inventors of contemporary fashion photography

But it is another facet of his talent that the musée du Luxembourg wishes to highlight today with an exhibition that presents his work from a fashion perspective. When the artist moved to Paris in the 1920s, he met the couturier Paul Poiret, for whom he began working on commission, as a photographer, in order to support himself and pursue his activity as a painter. Fashion photography** was still in its infancy, but Man Ray introduced a new and modern aesthetic, based on technical inventiveness, freedom and humour.

By highlighting his work for the greatest couturiers - Poiret but also, Schiaparelli, Chanel - and the greatest magazines - Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar, the museum invites us to (re)discover the work of this extraordinary artist. A unique retrospective on the borders of art and fashion not to be missed!

Night of Museums 2020

On the occasion of the 16th edition of the European Night of Museums, visit the exhibition in exceptional conditions: in the halls, the students of the University Paris-Dauphine show you their favourite works while the dancers of the La Ville en feu collective present an original creation, confronting their bodies and their songs to the photographs of Man Ray and to the haute couture models on display.

Saturday 14 November: Reservation required. Free of charge. Last admission 23h30.

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19, rue de Vaugirard
75006 PARIS 06

RER: line B, stop Luxembourg (exit Jardin du Luxembourg) Metro: line 4, Saint Sulpice stop; line 10, Mabillon stop; line 12, Rennes stop

Days and opening hours

From 23/09/2020 to 17/01/2021, daily between 10.30 am and 7 pm. Late night on Monday until 10pm.


  • Adult: 13 €. Free entry for children < 16 years.


Spoken languages

  • French
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