European Fashion Heritage Association

Journal Runway Archive

Object Voices / Jean-Charles de Castelbajac menswear fashion show, 1990

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Voices and memories overlap in the tales told by Etienne Tordoir of Catwalkpictures – and his photos come to represent both in the archive now.

“The clothes need to be worn to exist. It doesn’t mean that they do not suit the museums, on the contrary!”

Etienne Tordoir attended his first menswear show in 1990. It was Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 1990 collection, and it was presented in Paris, at the Musée de l’Homme. The Musée de l’Homme is an anthropology museum in Paris, France, established in 1937 by Paul Rivet for the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne – the choice of the location is very interesting, as it ties in museum and interest on men and their custom together with fashion and the meaning it has in contemporary culture.

The photo shows the designer being applauded by models during his own stroll down the runway, at the very end of the show. The image communicates the free and joyful atmosphere of the runway. Of this period, Etienne remembers:

“When I started covering fashion shows, there was a very special and different atmosphere, contributing to the acquaintances with various people engaged in the fashion business. I met very many interesting people (…) some of those meetings led to a long and friendly relationship.”