Isaac Israels in Fashion
7 December 2002 - 9 March 2003
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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Around 1900, Isaac Israels (son of the Hague School painter Jozef Israels) threw himself into the bustle and excitement of city life. Fashion houses Hirsch in Amsterdam and Paquin in Paris gave him entry to the whirlwind of haute couture and even allowed him to paint the mannequins at work in their changing rooms. This exhibition will include not only these paintings but also the garments depicted in them plus photographs, prints and archive material about the fashion house. It will evoke a lost world of high fashion and luxury, contrasted with the everyday life of the hard-working seamstresses. The museum is still looking for privately owned works by Isaac Israels portraying mannequins!