Back Side - Fashion From Behind

Triplex 08.11.18 > 31.03.19

Man maintains an ambiguous relationships with his back. The flattest area of our body, the back is hidden from view. It makes the body more vulnerable. However, fashion continues to adorn it. To load it. To strip it. Back Side, an exhibition created at the Fashion & Lace Museum in 2018, questioned the perception we have of our own back and the backs of others.


To explore this unique theme of the back in fashion, the Brussels Museum joined forces with the Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum. The exhibition showcased an exceptional array of clothes and accessories from the 18th century to the present day, drawn from the collections of the two Museums and from the archives of major fashion houses.


The Back Side exhibition brought together magnificent pieces from Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elsa Schiaparelli, Azzedine Alaïa, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and Olivier Theyskens.

© Balthazar Delepierre Studio

Back Side, to see and review

The exhibition questions the perception that we have of our back and of the backs of others : the majestic train of a court gown,
the weight of a backpack, the sensuality of a plunging neckline, the constraints of a fastening system…


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Our iconic CHANEL dress

This shift dress is one of the cornerstones of the exhibition. The deep plunging back, the only one of its kind, is supported by several narrow straps.


Dive into the secrets of modeling this dress!