Profile - Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

The Palais Galliera – showcase for style
Housed in a Renaissance-style palace surrounded by an extensive garden, the Musée Galliera is just a short walk from the prestigious couture houses of Paris. Built at the end of the 19th century, the museum features an attractive stone façade behind which lies a metal structure designed by Gustave Eiffel’s engineering company. Originally commissioned to house the private collection of Marie Brignole-Sale, the Duchess of Galliera, history had a different fate in store for the palace. Completed in 1894 after the death of the Duchess, whose sculptures, paintings and precious objets d’art were shipped off to her home town of Genoa, the building was donated to the City of Paris. It was only much later, after numerous incarnations, that it became a museum of fashion.

The birth of the museum
The historian and collector Maurice Leloir founded the Société de l’Histoire du Costume in 1907. He agreed to donate his collection of 2,000 garments and accessories to the City of Paris in 1920, on condition that the city authorities opened a Museum of Costume. The Hôtel Carnavalet initially played host to the collection before the Musée du Costume de la Ville de Paris was opened on Rue de Sévigné on 23 November 1956. With space in short supply, exhibitions were held at the Musée d’Art Moderne. Finally, in 1977, the museum was transferred to its current home – the Palais Galliera. It was modernized in 1997 when it adopted its current name – the Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

Friends of the Musée Galliera:
The Société de l’Histoire du Costume continues to raise the profile of the museum and to expand its collections.
The Cercle de l’Eventail, a research centre founded in 1985, helps the museum to expand the fan collection.

The Galliera Museum – the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
The museum’s collections are among the finest in the world, with more than 100,000 items of clothing and accessories. These artefacts reflect the dress codes and the clothing worn by people in France from the 18th century to the present day. Extravagant, rare, simple or practical, these garments offer an insight into the creative genius of fashion designers – even in its most contemporary forms. Conserved in the museum’s storehouses, this collection, supplemented over the years by items acquired by the City of Paris or through the generosity of donors, including individuals, couture houses and stylists, benefits from expert attention.





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