Posts Tagged ‘Musée Galliera’

Poster, "French History Retold by Publicity," Bibliothèque Forney

Paris Fashion: Myth and la Mode

The French term mannequin (model) dates back to the 19th century. At that time, a mannequin was a wickerwork dummy, used to showcase ready-to-wear for female shoppers. Within two decades, that task was given to real women. Before long, these “models” were synonymous with Paris fashion. “Without the model,” says Sylvie Lécallier of the Musée Galliera, “there would never be fashion as we know it today.” That universe of style is the subject of her museum’s new show, “Model: The Body of Fashion,” which runs at les Docks until May 19.

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Paris fashion: an elegant couture accessory at the Musée Galliera exhibition

Once-in-a-Lifetime Paris Fashion

Paris Haute Couture,” from the Musée Galliera, offers a handpicked bouquet of history’s most stunning fashion. Not only can it be yours—it’s absolutely free. That’s because, like every exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville, the landmark tribute to Paris fashion is open to anyone. Its 100 dresses were chosen from more than 20,000, and the whole show is being sponsored by Swarovski. The Austrian crystals have lent their luster to haute couture since 1895.

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Designs by Balenciaga

Paris Fashion: See the Secrets of a Master

The Musée Galliera‘s “Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collector of Fashion” is another of that museum’s impressive innovations. Last year, they installed the oeuvre of fashion priestess Mme Grès in the Musée Bourdelle. This time, their unusual venue is the Docks en Seine, that riverside renovation officially open as Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design. This exhibit offers the world premiere of a Paris fashion great’s personal treasures.

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