Why? Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland!

A new exhibit is opening this Tuesday, July 16 at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland celebrates the influence of French designers on Clevelanders, both from their visits to Paris and from local stores and boutiques carrying French fashion.

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The exhibit begins in the 1880’s, with Clevelander Helen Cowles, who often traveled to Paris. Her Louis Vuitton trunk stands open to be packed with all the garments necessary for a fashionable trip.

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The exhibit travels through time from flapper styles in the 1920’s that women would wear to Playhouse Square which was coming into its first heyday…

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…to changing silhouettes in the 1950’s…

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…to modern-day haute couture.

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From Dior to Hermès to lesser-known designers…

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…and from boutiques such as Quinn-Maahs to Higbee’s…

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…Si Jolie explores the relationship between Clevelanders and the most romantic city on earth, as told through their clothing.

Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland opens to the public on Tuesday, July 16 and makes the Cleveland History Center an even more “ooh la la” destination.

***Disclosure: I received a media preview tour of Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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