Title :

The consumer and the making of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, 1907-1925

Author :
DELL, Simon ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Essay focuses on the series of debates surrounding the organization of the 1925 Paris exhibition. The distinctive feature of this exhibition was the presentation of objects in the context in which they were to be consumed; the purpose of this article is to analyse the significance of this mode of presentation. The plans for the exhibition are traced from their earliest stages in order to demonstrate how the project was transformed as debate shifted from the organization of production to the presentation of consumption. It is argued that the final form of the exhibition produced a new type of space through a redefinition of the coordinated ensembles exhibited in Paris in the period before the First World War. The new displays sought to establish a particular set of relations between the consuming subject and the displayed objects, in which the objects were defined as 'expressive' of the identity of the consumer. This redefinition was facilitated by the redefinition of fashion in the post-war period. The essay concludes by arguing that the coordination of fashion and interior at the international exhibition served to articulate a form of bourgeois distinction. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Art Déco ; Consommateurs ; Consommation ; Design ; Exposition ; Exposition universelle ; France ; Guerre mondiale (1914-1918) ; Mode ; Paris (FRA), Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industr ; Présentation ; 1900-2000 ; 1907-1925 ;
Descriptors :
Art Deco ; Consumerism ; Consumers ; Design ; Display techniques ; Exhibitions ; Fashion ; France ; Paris (FRA), Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industr ; Universal exhibitions ; World War (1914-1918) ; 1900-2000 ; 1907-1925 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of design history, 1999, 12, 4
INIST identifier :
24975028 ;
ISSN 0952-4649 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
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