One year after its reopening in 2020, the Palais Galliera will inaugurate, during the autumn of 2021 in its new galleries A History of Fashion. Collecting & exhibiting at the Palais Galliera which traces the history of the Palais Galliera and its collections.
Visitors are taken on a chronological and thematic tour that tells two intertwined stories. From masterpiece to masterpiece, from the 18th century robe volante to the creations of Comme des Garçons, from the wardrobe of the Comtesse Greffulhe to the avant-garde designs of Rick Owens, the visitor is drawn into a history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day. And it is illustrated by the finest pieces in the Palais Galliera – the City of Paris fashion museum. Each chronological section deals with the specific features of that period: from the prints of the 19th century to the cocktail dresses of the 1950s, from the sumptuous materials and patterns of the 1920s to the minimalism of the Belgian and Japanese designers who emerged in the 1980s.
At the same time, the visitor is introduced to a history of the collection. The way it has been built up, its conservation and its presentation over the years all bear witness to a lasting museographic tradition and to the Palais Galliera’s importance in the study of the history of fashion. The museum’s major exhibitions and its many remarkable acquisitions are under the spotlight, starting with the founding donation, the collection of the Société de l’histoire du costume, which they gave to the City of Paris in 1920, and moving on to the most recent acquisitions – made possible, above all, by the Vogue Paris Foundation.
In a scenography inspired by the museum’s reserves A History of Fashion. Collecting & exhibiting at the Palais Galliera brings together nearly 350 items from the collection – garments, accessories, graphic arts and photographs. The exhibition will run from 2 October 2021 to 26 June 2022 and will be presented in two consecutive and separate displays. There will be a three-week interruption between the two shows. For the sake of preventive conservation, many of the works will have to be replaced, which means that visitors will have the opportunity to come back and discover other masterpieces as well as works that are rarely exhibited.
Presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto is the first exhibition in Australia to exclusively focus on the significant contribution to twentieth-century fashion culture by the renowned French couturière Gabrielle Chanel.
50th Couture collection
On July 7th, 2021, Balenciaga presented Couture for the first time since 1967, when founder Cristóbal Balenciaga left the fashion industry. Balenciaga Couture Winter 21 is officially the House’s 50th Couture collection—and artistic director Demna Gvasalia’s first.
Yves Saint Laurent
17 June—5 December 2021
The exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Behind the scenes of haute couture in Lyon opens at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. The exhibition shines a light on the solid 40-year working relationship between the couturier and Lyon-based manufacturers and suppliers of materials and fabrics.