Who doesn’t love themselves some vintage Hermès? Well I know I do so of course we couldn’t wait to check out the latest exhibit in Beverly Hills. The exhibit is free to the public but it ends tomorrow! So if you’re in the LA area get your tushy over the hill and check it out. “Harnessing the Roots” is designed by Bruno Gaudichon, the curator of “La Piscine” Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, France, who worked with scenographer Laurence Fontaine. Together, they decided to arrange the objects by theme rather than chronology, focusing on harnesses and their metamorphoses.
The exhibit explores the history of the house, which was founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès, through a series of objects that highlight iconic themes, colors and motifs from the brand’s origins as a harness-maker and saddler up to the present day. The creations highlighted in the exhibition include objects and curios sourced from the personal collection of Emile Hermès collection; the house’s archive, and its contemporary fashion, lifestyle and accessories lines. The objects are complemented by documentary archives and a film from 1962 in which Robert Dumas, heir and director of Hermès from 1951 to 1978, explains the art of saddle-making.
The five themes are Brides de Gala, Le cheval et son habit, Le motif de la selle, En boucles and Lanières, in otherwords bridles, riding habits, saddles, clothes and accessories. The items in the exhibition were drawn from three different sources: the Emile Hermès collection housed at the Hermès flagship on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris; the Hermès Conservatory of Creations; and Hermès’s contemporary fashion, lifestyle and accessories collections. Gaudichon worked with scenographer Laurence Fontaine to arrange the objects in a thematic narrative. The five themes are Brides de Gala; the Horse and Its Tack; the Saddle; Buckled Up; and Ties and Straps. These objects are complemented by a 1962 film in which Robert Dumas, heir and director of Hermès from 1951 to 1978, explains the art of saddle making.
“Harnessing the Roots” made its debut in Shanghai last year and Beverly Hills will be its only stop in the U.S. for 2018. So get there it only runs to April 7…tomorrow.