To celebrate the reopening of the Musée Cognacq-Jay in the chic Marais, the museum gave a ‘carte blanche’ to designer Christian Lacroix.
The museum was created back in 1929 to house the rich French fashion and lifestyle collection left by Ernest Cognacq – owner of department store Le Samaritaine – to the city of Paris. The pieces are from XVIII Century and were collected by both Cognacq and his wife Marie Louise-Jaÿ.
Lacroix was left in charge to give his own spin to the museum layout. The designer also curated contributions from 40 contemporary artists on the dominant themes from Cognacq collection.
The Lumières exhibition is successful in linking the museum pieces to modern society and shows how that era still influences us today.