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When YSL meets the Maharajas- The models

Exhibition 'The Last Maharajas' is bringing together 60 models of Royal costumes from the 'Deepak et Daksha Hutheesing Collection' to showcase darbar* costumes from 1911-1947.



 Abha. Silk with incrusted gold/ Abha. Soie, incrustations d’or


The exhibition is a collaborative effort of the Pierre Bergé- Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and The Hutheesing Heritage Foundation with Jérôme Neutres and Umang Hutheesing as the commissioners. 


Hutheesing family of Ahmedabad has a collection of more than 5,000 pieces acquired by four generations of their family from beginning of 19th century to the middle of 20th century. Through the models of achkans, chogas, shervanis, saris, abhas etc., one is able to observe the royal costumes of the period. Stripped of their power during imperial rule, opulent clothes became the symbol of grandeur and luxury for the royalty of the princely states.


Richly embellished with gold, silver, silk, brocade, embroideries, a profusion of colours and precious materials, these costumes are witness to an era of luxury and decadence- last of an epoch which were to shortly give way to the simplicity of khadi and white cotton- a symbol of independent India.


Choga. Velvet, Gold embroidery/ Choga. Velours, broderies d’or

 YSL- Choga


YSL- Achkan Enfant

Jérôme Neutres has served as the Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in India from 2002-2006. He has written several essays on art and litterature (Genet sur les routes du sud, L’Amour fou, Le Goût de New York, New Delhi, New Wave etc.). He has been a commissioner of exhibitions such as Made by Indians , Basquiat French collections, Shanti etc. Currently he is an advisor to the president of the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. He was given an honorary title of Thakur by HH Maharaja of Kangra during his India stay. 


Umang Hutheesing is the President of the Hutheesing Heritage Foundation. He belongs to the Hutheesing family of Ahmedabad who have been collected over 5000 pieces of costumes between four generations of their family from beginning of 19th century to the 20th century. Among various other positions, he is the co-ordinator of the Ahmedabad chapter of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage).


Child Achkan. Velvet. Gold Embroidery/ Achkan d’enfant. Velours, broderies d’or


Exhibition The Last Maharajas/ Les Derniers Maharajas

from February 10th- May 9th, 2010 everyday from Tuesday to Sunday except public holidays
From 11:00 AM- 06:00 PM (last entry at 05:30 PM)


Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent
Entry of the Exhibition at 3, rue Léonce Raynaud, 75016 Paris

Tel. : +33 (0) 1 44 31 64 31
Metro: Alma-Marceau (Line 9)

Accessible for handicapped persons


Further details


Sari. Silk. Gold brocade with coin motif- symbol of sovereignty/ Sari. Soie, brocart d’or aux motifs de pièces, symbole des souverains

   YSL- Sari



*darbar: traditional courts of Indian kings


Photo courtesy: The Pierre Bergé- Yves Saint Laurent Foundation



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