A Salute to Style Les Canons de l'élégance
The fury of war and military aspirations to beauty are not always easy to reconcile. Nevertheless, military ardour is often linked to the rise to power, with the result that ambitious military leaders need to stand out and develop a taste for prestige. With over two hundred uniforms, weapons and pieces of equipment ranging from the 16th century to the present day, the Musée de l’Armée reveals a selection of extraordinary objects that separate the military from civilians and display the grandeur of their warrior status along with the glory of their triumphs.
Since war has often been waged by the privileged classes who were determined, above all, to distinguish themselves from civilians and display their triumphs, soldiers have always had a taste for finery and are attached to the beauty, quality and even the splendour of the weapons, equipment and accessories they use in their profession and which also set them apart.
Poster © Wijntje van Rooijen & Pierre Péronnet