Since September 28, 2013, it’s been open again. It took me a year and a half to get across town for an exhibit. This one was worth it. Jeanne Lanvin.*
|Jeanne Lanvin, portrait 1925|
And by 1908 she had expanded her fashion activities to robes, first for women, then for children and eventually the summum: wedding dresses. All are present in this exhibit of over 90 of her creations.
What strikes you first in these dresses is their timeless quality. Yes, obviously some details are dated, but overall many of these dresses could be worn today and not look out of place.
Half of the dresses and coats on exhibit here are laid out flat and reflected vertically in a mirror. Others are worn by dressmaker dummies and also reflected in mirrors so you can see both front and rear at the same time.
Galliéra isn't a big museum. There are basically two large rooms and another narrow room on either side. But until the end of August, it will be filled with the discretion and elegance of Jeanne Lanvin.
* I didn't post this entry "in the day". Other things intervened. But as Jeanne Lanvin was one of the landmarks of French fashion, I decided to post it now, even though the show is long over.
Palais Galliéra - Fashion Museum
10 av Pierre-1er-de-Serbie; 16è
Métro: Alma-Marceau or Iéna
Tues-Sun 10-6 / Thurs 10-9 / Closed Mondays