Paris’ Musée Galliera’s upcoming Hors-des-Murs exhibition will focus on the model’s role in the fashion industry, with nearly 120 photographic prints accompanied by videos, fashion magazines, and other related ephemera spanning the entire 20th century to feature at Les Docks- Cité de la Mode et du Design from 16 February to 19 May 2013. So, let’s discover the world of fashion from a model’s point of view.

The Mannequin, le Corps de la Mode’ (“Models’ Bodies: The Crux of Fashion”) exhibition features Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh,Corinne Day, and Guy Bourdin, amongst others. The show also includes 120 photographs, fashion videos, magazine clippings, store-window mannequins, and dressmakers’ dummies.Its not a retrospective of a photographer, it does not concentrate on a subject, theme or designer, rather it focuses on the model, how the perceptive and role of the mannequin has changed over the years.

From the anonymous model to the cover girl, from the clothes horse to the sex symbol, from the supermodel to the girl next door: ambivalence is all in the sheer mass of photographs devoted to the model’s commercial, aesthetic, and human worth, and the stereotypes she represents”, said Sylvie Lécallier, the curator. “We underestimate how much models embody society’s feminine ideals of beauty and youth and how their impact has gradually transcended the world of fashion”.

”Models’ Bodies: The Crux of Fashion” (or Mannequin: Le Corps de la Mode) originally showed at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012, but its success demanded an encore in the city of lights, as the Musée Galliera prepares for its imminent  re-opening following 4+ years of renovations next fall.  This is a departure from the usual apparel-focused exhibits, examining the countless models underneath the clothes throughout time.