Visit the Anatomy of a Collection exhibition at the Musée Galliera!

Visit the Anatomy of a Collection exhibition at the Musée Galliera!

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Whether you’re interested in the history of fabrics and clothing traditions or whether you just love beautiful dresses, this exhibition will quench your thirst for knowledge.  Here are a few details that many be of interest to you:

A stunning collection of clothing from the eighteenth century to the present.

Running from 3rd November, 2016 to 12th February, 2017 at the Palais Galliera, this not to be missed event will allow you to discover trends in fashion and clothing through outfits worn by real people from the eighteenth century to the present day.  Perhaps you wonder what dressing was like for Marie Antoinette. Her blue silk bodice with its intricate pin tucks offers a unique glimpse of her day to day life. Travel through time via a collection of English and French dresses, accessories and work clothing that was worn by ordinary people as well as celebrities. You may notice that during the time of Louis XVI, elegant velvet and floral patterns were all the rage. Advance a few decades as you wander rooms dedicated to the clothes of the nineteenth century and see just how radically styles change. Over 100 exhibits will fire your imagination at this extraordinary event.

Discover the origins of our current trends

You'll also find pieces designed by small dressmakers and sold in stores like Au Printemps or Galeries Lafayette. Explore the evolution of dress and see how much shapes change over just a few steps. Skirts designed to give an hourglass silhouette or flattering column dresses and body-con styles that were influenced by their era - it’s fun to note all the variations. Delve into the early twentieth century via creations from Chéruit, Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Paul Poiret or Nina Ricci. Finally, see how more recent trends have developed as you admire original couture outfits from leading designers like Jean Paul Gaultier or Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.