Posts Tagged ‘Musée des Arts Décoratifs’

Paris Secrets: Top Five Unexpected Sights

Anytime you think you know this city, you should think again. Every alley, park and courtyard hides a ville that is all its own. Just try searching out a few Paris secrets; here are five to get you started.

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Paris Fashion: A Real Landmark Show

If you really want to understand Paris fashion—from couture to street style—head over to the Museum of Decorative Arts. Every new exhibition claims to be a Paris must-see but their “Fashioning Fashion” is indeed unique. Here, in one hundred outfits, you can see how history’s best-dressed Europeans actually looked. Amazingly, every piece is also in perfect condition.

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Paris Secrets: The Stylish Silhouette

The stylish silhouette always ranks high among Paris secrets. Praised by visitors since the 14th century, it now defines how the rest of the world likes to look. But think back to Marie Antoinette’s paniers, the bustles of Impressionist ladies or Dior’s New Look. How were all those centuries of radical shapes achieved? You can find the answer at the Musée des arts décoratifs […]

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Paris en Famille

Judging from the number of couples holding hands and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes as they walk along the Seine, past the Eiffel Tower, one is convinced that Paris remains a premier honeymoon destination. Practically speaking, the honeymoon is a newlywed couple’s vacation taken 1) when they have a rare, extended amount of time off work; 2) as a reward for tireless wedding planning; and 3) perhaps most important, because it may be the last time they travel without children in tow! But, traveling with kids in Paris can actually make the city come alive in a different and equally enjoyable way.

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From Paris Cafés to the Art Museum: A Ricard or Nothing

Pastis rivals rosé as the unofficial French drink of summer. The refreshing anise liqueur is a staple of many Paris cafés as well as most good picnics because of its breezy flavor and the drinker’s ability to control its strength (not to mention make it last for an hour) by diluting it with water. Ricard, the most popular brand of Pastis, has ingrained itself so deeply into the French culture that it now has its own retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, focusing on the powerful and clever ways Ricard has promoted its brand over the past 80 years.

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Want to Understand Paris Fashion? Here’s the Ideal History

This is installment two of the “Ideal History” of modern Paris fashion by the Musée de mode et de textile. Part one covered the 1970s and 1980s and now we get the years between 1990 and 2000. These 150 examples feature some of the art’s great names and introduce the couture we know as “contemporary.”

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