A history of fashion
One year after its reopening in 2020, the Palais Galliera will inaugurate, during the autumn of 2021 in its new galleries ‘A History of Fashion. Collecting & exhibiting at the Palais Galliera’ which traces the history of the Palais Galliera and its collections.
Public et Horaire
- Enfant / Adolescent
Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie
Métro Iena ou Alma-Marceau (ligne 9)
10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday
One ticket for 2 exhibitions (‘A history of fahion’ & ‘Vogue Paris 1920-2020’): 14€ (full price) to 12€ (reduced), free under 18
- Enfant / Adolescent
Rick Owens, ensemble, PE 2019 © Stanislas Wolff
Visitors are taken on a chronological and thematic tour that tells two
intertwined stories. From masterpiece to masterpiece, from the 18th century robe volante to the creations of Comme des Garçons, from the wardrobe of the Comtesse Greffulhe to the avant-garde designs of Rick Owens, the visitor is drawn into a history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day. And it is illustrated by the finest pieces in the Palais Galliera – the City of Paris fashion museum. Each chronological section deals with the specific features of that period: from the prints of the 19th century to the cocktail dresses of the 1950s, from the sumptuous materials and patterns of the 1920s to the minimalism of the Belgian and Japanese designers who emerged in the 1980s.
At the same time, the visitor is introduced to a history of the collection. The way it has been built up, its conservation and its presentation over the years all bear witness to a lasting museographic tradition and to the Palais Galliera’s
importance in the study of the history of fashion. The museum’s major exhibitions and its many remarkable acquisitions are under the spotlight, starting with the founding donation, the collection of the Société de l’histoire du costume, which they gave to the City of Paris in 1920, and moving on to the most recent acquisitions – made possible, above all, by the Vogue Paris Foundation.
In a scenography inspired by the museum’s reserves ‘A History of Fashion. Collecting & exhibiting at the Palais Galliera’ brings together nearly 350 items from the collection – garments, accessories, graphic arts and photographs. The exhibition will run from 2 October 2021 to 26 June 2022 and will be presented in two consecutive and separate displays. There will be a three-week interruption between the two shows. For the sake of preventive conservation, many of the works will have to be replaced, which means that visitors will have the opportunity to come back and discover other masterpieces as well as works that are rarely exhibited.
Balenciaga, robe du soir et cape, AH 1961
Robe « Zéphyrine » Christian Dior par Yves Saint Laurent, AH 1958
Tea-gown ou robe d’intérieur Worth, vers 1890 © Stanislas Wolff
Robe à la française, vers 1730-1740 © Stanislas Wolff
Jean Paul Gaultier, robe "cage", PE 1989
Paire d’escarpins de l’Impératrice Eugénie, Vers 1860
Thierry Mugler, veste du soir AH
Christian Dior, Robe du soir "Frondeuse", AH 1954 © Stanislas Wolff / Paris Musées, Palais Galliera
Miren Arzalluz, director of the Palais Galliera
Marie-Laure Gutton, Head of the Accessories department,
and the entire curatorial team
Edited by Miren Arzalluz and Marie-Laure Gutton, Paris Musées Editions, Price: 19,90€
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