Exhibitions at the Palais Galliera

The Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris offers an insight into dress codes and fashion in France from the 18th century to the present day.

The Palais Galliera, a museum devoted entirely to fashion

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There is more to the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris Fashion Museum) than its amazing collections. It is an architectural marvel with many secrets.

The Duchess of Galliera had the palace built between 1879 and 1894 to share her love of beauty with as many people as possible. A philanthropist and woman of letters, she possessed a large collection of objets d’art and wanted to showcase them in an appropriate setting. She paid special attention to the design of the garden, the staircases, terraces, fountains, galleries and even the ceilings.

Visitors enter the extensive gardens with sweeping curves, designed in the Italian style according to the wishes of the Duchess, and come to the Renaissance-style building, which also has typically 19th-century features such as monumental windows. Three of them are embellished with statues representing the three major arts; hence architecture, sculpture and painting stand sentinel. Beneath the cut stone of the architecturally innovative Palais Galliera is a metal framework built by Gustave Eiffel. His company, the Compagnie des Etablissements Eiffel, also made the windows, the staircase railings and the gateway leading to the square.

Inside, a rectangular salon d’honneur or formal lounge is the heart of the building, surrounded by three galleries overlooking the square and another room, the petit salon. These five rooms are used for exhibitions. The Palais Galliera served many purposes before being devoted from 1977 onwards to the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day. More than 200,000 artworks, garments and accessories explore the history of dress codes and fashion across the years.

Useful information

From 10am. to 6pm. From 10am to 9pm on Thursday and Friday. Closed Monday, December 25 and January 1.

10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris 16th