Fashion

There is a museum in Paris, the Palais Galliera, which is a fashion museum showing mostly historical types of fashion. The last time I was here I saw clothing by Lanvin. This time it was about the clothing of la Comtesse Greffulhe, who was a well known Parisian at the end of the 1800’s, known for her fashion sense and her support of artists and musicians. Her clothes were fabulous, very rich and beautiful. I liked them best when they were long and with trains. I wasn’t as impressed when her clothing entered the roaring 20’s.

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As I headed toward the museum I noticed this statue of George Washington. I don’t even know if he ever made it to Paris. Sort of surprising to see him.

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This is the front of the Palais Galleria.

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You can see that it is near the Eiffel Tower.

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No photos allowed but I got two before I realised. These were some of her many fans and gloves. She had really beautiful shoes too.

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A look at some of her dresses. I liked the ones by Lanvin the best, full of texture and designs. I saw a document that she wrote detailing what she wanted to be buried in. There were also photos and you could see that she had a really small waist, maybe 19 inches or so.
I am very unfashionable but I enjoy seeing those who were, or are.

4 thoughts on “Fashion

  1. I love the Galliera. I brought my granddaughter to see the Lanvin exhibition this past summer, and got her a fashion book afterward. I’d already seen the exhibition and I knew she’d enjoy seeing the lavish haute couture clothes up close. She sewed clothes for her dolls when she was still playing with them.

    Afterward, we shared a snack on a bench in the lovely garden outside. So it was a truly fabulous day and a great memory for both of us. I hope to go back this fall, it’s such an elegant place.

  2. Il you read french, you should read “La comtesse Greffulhe – L’ombre des Guermantes”, countess’s biography par Laure Hillerin (Flammarion, 24€). A fascinating book, about a fascinating woman, queen of La Belle Epoque and model of Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes – and others figures of the novel. A very intersting part is devoted to Proust in this book, and give us a new sight on In Search of Lost Time.
    More informations on
    http://www.comtessegreffulhe.fr/

  3. I haven’t heard of this museum before but it sounds like it would be worth a visit. Thanks for the info and glad you got the inside photos before you realized you weren’t allowed.

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