Deconstruction, perfect balance between modernity and tradition, men trousers transformed into beautiful feminine dresses, interesting cuts: these are, for short, the trademarks of the creations of Anne Valérie Hash, an iconic fashion designer on the French scene. The exhibition entitled “Décrayonner”, hosted by The Museum of Lace and Fashion, is the first dedicated to her in France and celebrates 13 years of designing.
Ever since “Fillemale”, her acclaimed début collection in 2001, Anne Valérie Hash has defined her identity. She completely deconstructs a male wardrobe in order to reconstruct an exclusively female wardrobe. In this vein, a pair of men’s trousers transformed into a dress becomes emblematic of her work. This first experience constitutes her signature, along with the black & white pair. The cotton canvas and dry wool of male suits are next to tulles and silk chiffons. The exhibition “Décrayonner” details the creative act of a fashion designer who does not tackle her couture with a pencil but rather with scissors and needle.
To see here: around one hundred models, unique garments, videos and exclusive documents reveal a stylistic vocabulary and offer an analysis of the creative process. With the exception of loans from the Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the pieces originate from the personal archives of the Maison Anne Valérie Hash. From 1st of April to 13rd of November 2016, at Cité de la Dentele et de la Mode, 135 quai du Commerce, 62100 Calais, www.cite-dentelle.fr.
Photography: from The Museum of Lace and Fashion