Dress, Popy Moreni

  • Popy Moreni

  • Gift of Popy Moreni
  • Autumn - Winter 1988 - 1989
  • Cotton velvet, appliqués of satin, organdy, and embroidery in sequins and multicolored thread
  • GAL1990.350.11
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Popy Moreni got her start in a number of fashion design offices, including Maïmé Arnodin's. She opened her own in 1973, extending her activities to interior design, and at the same time opened a boutique in Les Halles, in Paris, where her collars quickly made her a reputation. Six years later she presented her first collection.

Popy Moreni belongs to that generation of 'creators' for which fashion is a means of expression in its own right. Inspired from the outset by the Commedia dell'Arte and the world of the circus, her work mingles the playful, the poetic and the ironic as excuses for the partying and nightlife that were so decisive in shaping the dress styles of the 1980s. Fashion or stage wear? This is not necessarily a relevant question for Popy Moreni. The model on display is a dress directly inspired by a clown's suit. For the black she so often uses to make white and other colours sing, she has used velvet here. This piece is a good illustration of the style of a designer whose primary target is women with strong personalities.

Notice's author : Laurent Cotta