10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie

Phone: +33 1 56 52 86 00
Fax: +33 1 47 23 38 37

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.

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 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s reserves and restauration studios are located in Paris’ eleventh arrondissement and spread over 4000m2. It is here that the fragile textiles and accessories of the collection are restored and protected. It is of interest to note that a costume exhibited under bright light for four months must then be conserved in darkness for four years.

The collection includes female and male clothes, lingerie, children’s clothes, doll’s clothes, gloves, jewery, shoes, simple and pure fashion ... hats, fans, sportswear, scaves, exuberant and extravagent fashion, civil uniforms, brandless items, designer wear and haute couture samples.

The museum also houses a graphic arts cabinet, containing press images (engravings 1780 -1914) among which some precious originals (washes for la Galerie des modes, 1780, drawings for la Mode Illustré XIX), figurines from 1860-1880, stylist samples (Robert Piquet and Madeleine Panizon for Poiret among them), as well as a collection of patterns difused by periodicals (Modes de Paris, le Petit Echo de la Mode).

The photography collection holds 20 000 shots from 1860 to the present, and includes names like Reutlinger, Scaioni, d’Ora and Dorvyne. The collection was greatly enriched in 1997 when American photographer Henry Clarke bequeathed his collection.

The library and documentation centre is an exceptional center of 7500 works – designer monographies, exhibition catalogues, 300 periodical titles from 1830 to the present, publicity catalogues, document files on brands, designers and creators from the 1980s to today, and look-books.


The museum’s temporary exhibitions provide a showcase for selected items from its priceless and fragile collections. The exhibitions are devoted to outstanding individuals - major names from the worlds of couture and fashion - and themes, such as decades, types of clothing, distribution and marketing, and inspirations and influences.

The musée Galliera does not present its permanent collection and is open only for temporary exhibitons.

Through these exhibtions, the museum presents and contextualises sections of its fragile collections. These exhibitions are monographic : focusing on a significant name or figure in fashion, or thematic : focusing on a decade, type of clothing, or influence.

The museum is currently closed and will re-open on April 7 for the following exhibition :

GALLIEROCK, by JC de Castelbajac
7 April – 29 July 2007

The first Paris exhibition of this visionary designer, who never ceases to install a clear dialogue between fashion, history, design, art and music.

Previous Exhibitions

Showtime, the fashion show, 2006; Holding up the mirror of fashion: France and Holland during the Enlightenment, 2005; Open for stock-taking, 2004, Marlene Dietrich, the creation of a legend, 2003; Madame Carven, 2002; Transformation/Fashion, 1960-2000, 2000; Marriage: And the bride wore white, 1999; Fashion and gardens, 1997; Japanese style and fashion, 1996; Costumes at the Viennese Court, 1995; The history of jeans, 1750 to 1994, 1994; Jacques Fath, the Fifties, 1993; Au Paradis des Dames 1810-1870, 1993; Van Cleef & Arpels, 1992; Givenchy: 40 years of design, 1991; the World according to designers, 1991; Gruau: fashion and advertising, 1989; Lesage, Master Embroiderer, 1988; Paris Couture in the Thirties, 1987 and many more.

Opening hours

The museum is only open during periods of temporary exhibitions, from 10am to 6pm daily except Mondays.

Getting there

Métro / Iéna, Alma-Marceau
Bus / 82, 63, 92


The museum library and documentation centrer is open to researchers, students and teachers by prior appointment only. Please phone 01 56 52 86 48.

The museum offers tactile workshops and visits for visually impaired visitors.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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During exhibition periods, conferences take place for individuals, students and school groups. Phone 01 56 52 86 20 for details.


Thematic conferences take place throughout the year. Information and reservations on 01 56 52 86 20.


Visits with storytelling sessions take place during exhibition periods. Phone 01 56 52 86 20 for information and reservations.

Various workshops take place throughout the year.