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Si Jolie! French Fashion in Cleveland

This exhibition held at the Western Reserve Historical Society through June 30, 2020, is about French fashion and all of the stories in between. It highlights how Paris fashion motivated Clevelanders to travel abroad, influenced local fashion, inspired the golden age of department stores, and how significant fashion was socially. Guests who visit this new exhibition will travel back in time and experience how fashion and travel have evolved over the years and how similar Clevelanders then were to those living here today.

Journey to Europe on an ocean liner, learn about a dress fitting with the biggest names in fashion, explore how Clevelanders showed off their fashion at cultural venues like the Euclid Avenue Opera House and discover how Parisian fashion played a critical role in the shopping experience at stores like Higbee’s and Halle Brothers. Fashion lovers and museum guests can expect to see pieces that range from the 1870s to today and include items from the golden age of Dior — the 1950s, Charles Fredrick Worth who is considered the father of haute couture, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and more!