Dior

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about an exhibit of Dior, the famous French clothing designer. There were lines waiting to enter, even if you had gotten a ticket for a reserved time online which I had. Some people, even with a ticket, had to wait an hour before entering. It’s getting near to the time when the exhibit is ending and maybe there are fewer people because I arrived early and was let in 20 minutes before my reserved time. The museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, was packed with people, and some areas were way to small to see things but it was still worth the time. He was indeed an artistic genius, as were the people who took his place when he died. I’m not a very fashionable person, but I do love looking at beautiful clothing.

I don’t know if this was done by some bored person waiting to enter the exhibit or not but I rather liked it. It was right by the entrance.

This was at the top of the stairs leading into the exhibit. It was done in lights.

I’m watching the TV series, The Crown, so this photo of Princess Margaret wearing a Dior gown on her 21st birthday caught my eye.

Dior loved the form of flowers, and the form of women as well, and many of his designs centered in some way with flowers. One of the exhibit rooms had the whole ceiling covered with flowers. All of the rooms were lovely and the clothing and other items were displayed beautifully and creatively.

A huge display in the last room with golden sparkle lights adding to the feeling.

He did perfume too. Isn’t this display pretty?

A look at some of the bottles of perfume done through the years. My favourite perfume is by Dior called J’adore. Such a lovely fragrance.

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.

Flowers and Frocks

I went to an exhibit of clothing by the famous Lanvin at the Galleria Museum the other day. Since I exited at the Georges V exit on line one I made my usual quick stop at the George V Hotel for a look at the flowers.

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Spring tulips at the George V.

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The museum is in a beautiful building as are most museums here in Paris.

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Jeanne Lanvin started her career when women wanted copies of the clothing she was making for her daughter. The clothing was beautifully presented mostly in trays and reflected into mirrors. This one wasn’t and I liked seeing it in the painting of a lady who once wore it. Lanvin was also famous for her perfumes, My Sin and Arpege. I think my mother had a bottle of Arpege once.

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I also passed the Louis Vuitton store while in the area. I don’t know if they now sell matches inside with the famous logo on them but it’s pretty much all I could afford to buy there.

Livestock and Clothing

A bit of a mix for today’s blog. The Livestock was seen at the yearly Salon de Agriculture where thousands of farm animals are brought into Paris, along with an enormous food area. We took Maurice’s two year old grandson to look at the animals and the place was packed with families doing the same thing.

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Lots of pigs, this one with some babies.

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Cattle from every region of France. Here’s a row all laying down to chew their cud. They had some really enormous cows weighing over a ton. There were signs everywhere saying not to touch the animals but they were mostly ignored.

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There was a sign saying that this cow was expecting twins which isn’t too hard to miss. Most of the animals had their heads away from passing people to, I imagine, cut down on the stress for the animals so we saw lots of hairy butts. Maurice’s little grandson enjoyed the animals but was most excited at a giant tractor there.

The next day I was walking around Paris with a friend and we went into Antoine et Lili, a colorful little chain that actually started in Paris in 1994. They also have a children’s store and home decorating store on the Canal Saint Martin.

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The inviting front.

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The interior was so feminine and lovely.

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The ceiling.

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The dressing room looking like a trailer.

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For those tired men.

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Lots of cute things-a little too young for me.

By the way, for those of you who wrote me about Maurice who has been sick for so long—it turns out he has mononucleosis which he probably caught from his teenage grandson. As with many illnesses, it is harder on older people. It’s nice to have a diagnosis and it was probably the cause of his vertigo. He’s much better now. I never caught it for some reason which makes me very happy.