Even though the Palais Galliera has re-opened, the hors-les-murs exhibits are continuing. When I am in Paris over Thanksgiving, I am totally going to see the exhibit Un Roman d’une garde-robe (uhn romahn doon guard rob), which means “The Novel of a Wardrobe” at the musée Carnavalet in the Marais.
Alice Alleaume was the chief saleswoman at a maison de couture known as Chéruit on the Place Vendôme from 1912 to 1923. Paris’ Belle Époque was at its glittering best. The exhibit displays Alleaume’s personal wardrobe, made up of clothing from the salon where she worked, as well as gowns by Worth and Lanvin, and accessories by all the most exclusive designers.
Alongside the clothing, are displayed artifacts of Alleaume’s family, also intimately connected to the world of haute couture. The exhibit is supplemented by paintings and prints from the Carnavalet collection that show what life was like in pre-World War II Paris, well, at least for those privileged few who wore couture fashion. The exhibit is on until March 16, 2014.
MUSÉE CARNAVALET – HISTOIRE DE PARIS 23 rue de Sévigné 75003 Paris
Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
- Field Trip: Musee Carnavalet (cityofdreaams.wordpress.com)
- Novel of a wardrobe – The Parisian chic from the Belle Epoque to the 1930s (lamodeinconnue.wordpress.com)