A fashion for musuems
Go behind-the-scenes with these five cult fashion institutions in Paris and the French regions.
We associate fashion with its trades, with shopping, catwalks and magazines... How about fashion and museums? Explore the world of haute couture, admire original pieces, revisit past eras, and gaze in awe at your favourite models.
"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Gabrielle Chanel
Discovering fashion icons
- The Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation, Paris
Yves Saint-Laurent's partner, Pierre Bergé, has revived the memory of the great French visionary in the very environment where the designer created his masterpieces. The couturier, who invented the women's tuxedo, knew exactly how to cultivate self-assurance and audacity while preserving femininity, and this, for all of life's circumstances.
Find out about previously unrevealed anecdotes, visit Yves Saint-Laurent's famous "studiolo" and roam about the library filled with drawings, photos and press clippings during a guided visit at the Foundation.
3 Rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris
- Christian Dior Museum, Granville
Christian Dior's childhood home inspired the fashion designer's flair for elegance and harmony. Visit this Belle Epoque family villa, "Les Rhumbs," located atop a cliff in Granville, Normandy, for a chronological life tour of the man behind New-Look fashion. There are three storeys of accessories, personal belongings, photographs and sketches to explore. End your visit with a stroll around the beautiful English gardens, landscaped by Madeleine Dior, the great couturier's mother.
1 Rue d'Estouteville, 50400 Granville
Fashion history over time
- Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion, Paris
Stroll fashionably back in time in this 19th-century architectural gem, which explores the many styles that have influenced society today, from Rococo to Empire, and Belle Epoque to New-Look...
Take a fashion history class with Balenciaga, Thierry Mugler, Martin Margiela, and learn how to create a style, or outfit that lasts. This poetic venue, which curates temporary exhibits to ensure the conservation of thousands of delicate items, also organises creative workshops and visits.
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris
- The Fashion Museum, Albi
It took Dominique Miraille 30 years to fulfil his dream: to collect thousands clothing, costumes and other accessories from the late 17th century to the early 80s. Mission accomplished for this Albi antique dealer, who today oversees a museum focused on the various dress codes à la mode over time. The museum, located in a former convent at the heart of the Unesco-listed episcopal city of Albi, in the Midi-Pyrenees, organises thematic exhibits fully renewed each year from April to December, that revisit, among others, timeless items like the Basque-style blazer and the little black dress.
17 Rue de la Souque 81000 Albi
In sync with style
- City of Fashion and Design, Les Docks, Paris
The industrial Docks, which undulate like a green snake along the Seine, are a vibrant space where fans of fashion and creative expression share the latest trends.
Meet the cultural players, from artisans and stylists to brands and industries, who influence today's creations. Choose to explore an exhibit on male fashion, for example, have lunch on the walkway, or simply admire Paris from the vegetation-covered rooftop terrace.
34 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris