Turn the back, see the back of, gossip behind someone’s back… This part of our anatomy definitely gets bad press.
The Palais Galliera, Paris’ fashion museum, is finally paying tribute to it by presenting Back Side, an off-site exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle, devoted to clothing seen from behind from the 18th century to present day. It encourages us to think about the perception of our own back and how it is viewed by people we meet. And also to wonder about other people’s backs. What can their back reveal about their personality? A court train, a backpack, the sensuality of lace, a straightjacket, some buttons… the exhibition presents around one hundred outlines and accessories ranging from Parisian haute couture to contemporary off-the-peg, coming from collections from the Palais Galliera and supplemented by a selection of work clothes and other uniforms.
These unique items are found around the whole museum, alongside works by the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle with highly muscular backs and slender profiles, providing an artistic dialogue that is unique in every aspect.
Alexandre Samson, Manager of Contemporary Collections at Palais Galliera
Opening days and times
From 5 July to 17 November 2019.
Open every day, except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00.
Closed on Mondays and on bank holidays.
Tickets and prices
Entry valid for one hour, stay as long as you like.
Free for visitors under 18, unemployed persons and welfare beneficiaries.
Only small travel bags or backpacks under A3 size will be accepted at the cloakroom.
The museum’s security staff may take any additional measures it deems necessary without first informing guests.
Due to the Vigipirate plan, no suitcases, travel bags or large (hiking-type) backpacks may be brought into the museum or left in the cloakroom.