Palais Galliéra, The City of Paris Fashion Museum

Palais Galliéra, The City of Paris Fashion Museum

Palais Galliéra, The City of Paris Fashion Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Friday
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A stone's throw from the city's most prestigious haute couture boutiques, the Musee Galliera is housed in a Renaissance-inspired palace. With its programme of temporary, themed exhibitions - legendary designers, fashion icons, clothing styles, influences and inspirations - the museum draws upon its priceless, often delicate archives to shine a light on the creative spirit which has inspired fashion from the eighteenth century right up to the present day. The museum has no permanent collections.
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Kirk E
Santa Fe, NM1,036 contributions
Dec 2022
The Palais Galliera specializes in imaginative and well-curated exhibitions of fashion designed for wide appeal. Its recent celebration of Frida Kahlo as a fashion icon marked one of the first and most comprehensive Kahlo celebrations staged in Europe. Even if fashion isn't your thing, the grounds are particularly lovely in the right season and the terrace cafe serves up an excellent brunch.
Written January 28, 2023
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ninarandall
Brooklyn, NY15 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Being a fashion major, I feel like I died and went to fashion heaven! Sure to find something that blows you away! Such a magical place with treasures like Audrey Hepburn's hat collection and pieces that belonged to Marie Antoinette. Building itself is breathtaking!
Written June 21, 2018
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MiaGlobetrotter
Paris, France1,055 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
This museum is only open for special expositions. The first time I went was August 2014 for the wonderful expo "Les Années 50" on the New Look and the golden age of fashion in the fifties. I went back this weekend, on a Saturday at lunch time, and there were no lines to see the retrospective on Jeanne Lanvin. As usual, the expo was sumptuous. The lighting is very low to protect the items and no photographs are allowed at all, even without flash. The security was carefully watching visitors for that. However, you can see the items up close and marvel at the details. I like this museum because it is human sized and really focused on one thing at a time. You can easily go through in 1-2 hours, depending on your interest level and if you take the time to read everything and watch some of the videos on display. I didn't realize it, but Lanvin is the oldest French fashion house still in business. This is the first exhibition in Paris to cover the works by Jeanne Lanvin, who lived from 1867-1946. There are over 100 items, mainly covering the 1920's and 1930's and it is amazing to see how modern they still look. I'd wear most of them today. There are a few postcards on sale as well as the expo catalog at the entry, but no real boutique. There is no café or restaurant either. The gardens are quite bare right now but are lovely in the spring, summer and fall when things are in bloom (my photos are from my August 2014 visit). The Palais Galliera is housed in a lovely building (finished in 1894) that was always meant to be a museum, but that has served many purposes over the years. It was built from a donation by the Duchesse de Galliera on her own property. I look forward to many more expositions in the future here!
Written March 22, 2015
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Jill L
Sussex, WI3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Don’t go expecting to see an entire museum of French fashion. They do one exhibition at a time. There is no permanent collection. We saw the Frida Kahlo exhibit. It began by standing in line, in a tight space waiting for other patrons to read volumes of information. We skipped it and went straight to the clothing. Unless you’re a Frida devotee it’s not really worth the price of admission.
Written November 3, 2022
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Lucchesa
Seattle, WA158 contributions
Jun 2016
I love fashion exhibitions, so I was very much looking forward to Anatomy of a Collection, this summer’s show at the Palais Galliera Musee de la Mode. Instead of showcasing a particular designer or period, they chose garments worn by significant people: an undergarment of Marie Antoinette, a dress made for Wallis Simpson, 11 hats worn by Audrey Hepburn (not all at once). There are some fascinating things here; Marie Antoinette was TINY, even after all those children; some tragic kids’ clothes belonged to her ill-fated son Louis XVII; a gorgeous black embroidered frock coat was Napoleon’s own French Institute uniform. But despite the pure joy of seeing some amazing garments up close, I’m docking a star for the experience of the English speaker.

All the labels are in French, but the museum staff can give you a Xerox of an English translation. I heard a couple of American women complaining how unwieldy it was to use. I can read French and when I didn't understand something, I just asked the next French person to come by. What is an “egerie”? The movie Brigitte Bardot wore that red dress in got “mitigee” reviews – is that good or bad? (Mixed, it turns out.) Many of the wearers of the objects would presumably be familiar to French audiences but Mistinguette is hardly a household name in English. So this is an intriguing exhibit with lots of eye candy, but it might not be quite as compelling for American viewers. Also, they use the ugliest mannequins I've ever seen.
Written June 30, 2016
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AlwaysOnLocation
Atlanta, GA579 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This museum is worth visiting for many reasons and you don’t have to be a fan of fashion. Best of all, it’s not crowded - no long lines a la The Louvre. Entry fee (8 Euros) is steep for what you get. The building itself is a beautiful Beaux-Arts structure with a small garden in back filled with impressive sculpture. Because of the fragile nature of the collection, they trot out temporary exhibits and then close the museum while setting up the next one, so check ahead of time to see if it’s even open. The exhibits occupy only a portion of the building and the rest is closed off, so you won’t need more than an hour to see it all. We saw the exhibit “The 50s - Fashion in France, 1947 - 1957.” It was fun because it covered the last gasp of haute couture, the Paris we associate with Hollywood movies, and presents a sharp contrast to what Paris looks like now, jammed with tourists wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. My only disappointment was that they don’t allow photography and they have no publications to document your visit, so you’ll have to commit the whole thing to memory.
Written July 29, 2014
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,593 contributions
Jul 2018
After you've been to the major museums in town, this is a good one for something different. Lots of stuff from the very important history of clothing design in France, a major industry still. Beautiful building.
Written March 1, 2019
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liberpit
Athens, Greece85 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
They deceive the visitors...
on the internet site they give informations and pictures about the exposition of 6000 costumes from 18nd 19nd centuries and this exhibition is closed for the public !!!
Fake information but the entrance fee is 10 euros only for seeing the temporary exhibition.
Unacceptable !!!
Written April 22, 2018
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Michele D
Brighton, UK142 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
Saw an exhibition of couture gowns and dresses from the 50s, from all of the big houses of the day. The details were exquisite on gowns, gloves, hats, shoes. All were displayed for easy viewing and there were no crowds, so we didn't have to crane around others to see any of the items. Easily accessible from the Metro and well worth the visit. Check the website to see what is being shown at the time of your visit, as there is no permanent display.
Written August 6, 2014
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KandNAustralia
Australia103 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
This had been given a big build up in its opening after years of being closed - so we didnt expect to see only a single exhibition, on part of one floor, and that was it! No other part is open so it was a bit disappointing. The exhibition is of clothing made by Alaia - it was captivating but disappointing that it was the only thing on-staff directed us to the museum of modern art across the road - it was mostly closed also. The Alaia exhibition cost 8 E which was quite a lot compared with the cost of other museums in town - and the museum of modern art is free but pretty sparse. So a long trip for an average result, when compared with other beautiful museums in town that are free (eg the exhibit on at the National Library).
Written October 4, 2013
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