This exploration of revealing the body in fashion is followed by Concealing in the second gallery which seeks the significance of precisely the concealment of the body through fashion, contextualising it with notions of gender, religion and (time-related) norms and concepts. This contextualisation emphasises the diverse manifestations of covering the body- think, for example, of a 19th century day dress with a high-necked bodice that reflects the era’s attitudes towards decency and modesty, as well as a veiled look from Balenciaga’s S/S ‘22 ‘Balenciaga Clones’collection, that plays with the concepts of identity, reality and filters as a comment on the current digital era.
On the first floor, the remaining themes of Trompe l’oeil and Metamorphosis are displayed. The first explores the idea of trompe l’oeil, the creation of optical illusions of the body in fashion, which is expressed, for example, in the so-called naked dresses. The gallery displays a variety of designs by Schiaparelli, Olivier Theyskens, Alaïa, Maison Margiela and Di Petsa, alongside the noteworthy naked dress by Mugler worn by Megan Fox at the VMA’s in 2021.