Les Grandes Robes Royales de Lamyne M

Exceptional extension until 12 of march 2017



The “Great Royal Gowns” created by Lamyne M. examine works from the past to give them new life that resonates with our contemporary world.
Each gown was designed based on the recumbent effigies of the queen or princess whose name it bears. In the Middle Ages, princely dress mainly consisted of a tunic, a cotte and a surcoat, an outer garment that was sometimes very long. The structure of the gowns, their folds and drapery, was inspired by the medieval clothing on the recumbent effigies, but they use contemporary fabrics: sportswear, shimmering African waxes, North African pageantry fabrics, Chinese fabrics, denim, jersey, twill, nylon, etc.


Les Grand Robes Royales” (Great Royal Gowns), an evolving project

Lamyne M. entered into a collaboration with the Franciade Association and was inspired by the gowns of the queen and princesses of the thirteen recumbent statues of Saint-Denis Basilica to design his new exhibition, “Les Grand Robes Royales”. The gowns were made as part of a collaborative project with students from a vocational school in Nogent-sur-Marne and dressmakers from the Maison de Quartier Floréal of Saint-Denis. The thirteen gowns were first displayed for nine months in Saint-Denis Basilica.
The exhibition continues to evolve, grow and move. Two new gowns came to enrich the collection: that of Anne of Brittany, made for the Festival of Saint-Denis in June 2016; and that of Marie of Anjou, designed for the Ro yal Fortress of Chinon in July 2016. The Departmental Council put two organisations that help create professional opportunities for disadvantaged individuals (SIAE) in charge of creating the gown: ACTIVE was responsible
for the making of the gown, while OBJECTIF was in charge of building the stand. The fifteen gowns are displayed together for the first time in the royal apartments of the Fortress of Chinon.


The artistic approach of LAMYNE M.

Lamyne M. was born in Cameroon in 1977. He now lives and works in Saint-Denis, France.
He switched from fashion design to a more artistic approach. Fabric as a cultural, economic and social element is the centre of his work. His custom work is often used to transform support objects from their original purpose (such as gowns). He is an artist engaged with people in difficulty and is interested in ecological and migration issues. His work consists of installations, performances, exhibitions and photographic traces. His own diversity (French of African origin) and his nomadic lifestyle in many parts of the world make him a “passer of cultures” and a “weaver of links” between skills, people and the world of contemporary art.




Price : Eincluded in the entrance fee to the monument