The Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) is participating in the Official Section of PhotoEspaña 2016 with an exhibition of the work of the French photographer, Joséphine Douet, who spent more than a decade observing how Valentino, Dior or Chanel formed their creations, capturing intimate and magical moments between fabrics and designs.
Douet’s works are interspersed with the Museum’s Permanent Collection to generate debate on the history of clothing and its influences and inspirations over time. Many of the images on display are in black and white, as if they were taken from a dreamlike reality, portraying moments from the fashion shows and behind the scenes.
Through this dialogue between the present and the historic and aesthetic past, the exhibition helps to explain the evolution of customs.
Douet has lived in Madrid since 1998. Her work has been on display at the Visa pour l’Image (2014) and PhotoEspaña (2010) festivals, and in Spanish and French art galleries. She photographed the Parisian haute couture from the backstage of the shows for ten years for her Coutures series and she is now the official photographer of the Spanish haute couture firm, Delpozo.
Her most recent projects are Alma Herida (2015), a look at the body of bullfighters and the marks their profession leaves on them ; Silencios (2014), a photo essay on everything that is not seen in the world of bulls, and Peajes (2010), a portrait of the bullfighter, José María Manzanares, who reveals the most intimate moments of his job, and the exhibition at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid, Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio, in which she captured on camera the places where the North American artists worked.