Back Side – Fashion From Behind

While fashion loves to show off, the Back Side exhibition shines the spotlight on the back. To explore this unique theme of the back in fashion, the Fashion & Lace Museum has, for the first time, joined forces with the Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris.

The exhibition presents an exceptional collection of clothing and accessories from the 18th century to the present, drawn from the collections of the two museums and from the archives of major fashion houses. Gathering Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Schiaparelli, Alaïa, Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and Olivier TheyskensBack Side questions the perception we have of our backs and those of others. In fact, the man maintains equivocal relations with his back: the most flat area of ​​our body, he escapes our sight, making him more vulnerable; and yet fashion never ceases to adorn, charge, or strip it.

From the closing of the garment to the majesty of a train of court through the sensuality of a cleavage or the load of a bag, the symbols related to the back are multiple in fashion. With Back Side, you will not look at your back in the same way.


Photo: “Eve from the back”, New York, 1997 © Estate of Jeanloup Sieff

Good to know:

  • Place: Fashion & Lace Museum
  • Address: Rue de la Violette, 12 – 1000 Brussels
  • When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 until Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Opening Hours: 10h to 17h every-day except Mondays
  • Price: 8 euros, as well as possible reductions

An exhibition designed in collaboration with the Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion of the City of Paris, Paris Museums.