MUSEUM MAN: Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès International, has been elected president of Paris museum Les Arts Décoratifs, the site of high-profile exhibitions on fashion, furniture, jewelry, graphic design and advertising.
He takes on the role, in addition to his duties at Hermès, on Jan. 1. He succeeds Bruno Roger, who was elected in 2013 and chose not to renew his mandate, the museum said.
“The institution as a whole has assumed a new momentum and I’m happy now to take over,” Dumas said.
Les Arts Décoratifs is marking its 30th anniversary in 2016, and will bite off a big chunk of fashion history for its next exhibition, as reported.
“Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion” is slated to open April 7 and run through Aug. 14. About 300 pieces are to go on display along with other items from the museum’s collections such as 18th-century boiserie, 19th-century wallpaper and antique objects to put the clothes in a historical context.
The museum’s fashion collection spans more than 150,000 items ranging from ancient textiles and outfits to couture and ready-to-wear creations, accessories, drawings, photographs and archives of such designers as such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet.