WILD ABOUT DRIES: The exhibition detailing the inspirations behind the creations of Dries Van Noten at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris that closed on Nov. 2 attracted 160,000 visitors in eight months. It had been prolonged from Aug. 31 due to its popularity. This ranks not far behind “Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs” in 2012, a museum record that received 201,000 visitors.

While shows of living designers tend to draw more visitors, interdisciplinary exhibits are given good play under the leadership of museum director Olivier Gabet. “The Mechanics of Underwear,” curated by Denis Bruna, retraced six centuries of shaping the body showcasing more than 200 pieces, including bodices, panniers and corsets. It drew 140,000 visitors over three months last year.

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The good numbers reinforce the museum’s strategy to address fashion by placing it in the heart of a broad historical context, both sociological and anthropological, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. Exhibitions on Korean fashion and one on transgression in fashion are set for 2016.

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