The beautiful Palais Galliera is home to the Fashion Museum of Paris. Their collection is outstanding, but due to the fragile nature of the pieces they are stored in the dark to protect them, and only temporary exhibitions are shown in the museum. This however allows them to focus on one theme, one period or one designer – currently there is a wonderful exhibition of clothes by Jeanne Lanvin which Alber Elbaz, the current artistic director of Lanvin, has collaborated closely on.
Check out their excellent website for current and upcoming exhibitions. The museum is closed between exhibitions. I can highly recommend the current Lanvin exhibition, the pieces are incredibly beautiful, and the chance to see such workmanship up close is a real treat. Photos of course are not allowed inside in order to preserve the delicate clothes.
- Palais Galliera, 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016 Paris. métro: Iena