Les Annees 50 La Mode en France 1947 – 1957 Palais Galliera curated by Olivier Saillard, directeur of Palais Galliera

Dear Shaded Viewers, 

Early in 1947 Christian Dior launched his fashion house's first collection with his "woman-flower', prominent bust, cinched waist, flat stomach, rounded hips and very full skirts. These pieces involved volumes of fabric and met with dazzling success which then became the emblem of the decade. Balenciaga had his 'barrel' line with its flared back and waist and Chanel introduced her line of 1954 simple and straight suits.

The big names of that period included: Jacques Heim, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Jacques Fath, Pierre Balmain, Christian DIor, Jacques Griffe, Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Cardin. The pieces on display were drawn from the Palais Galliera collection which includes 100  models and accessories. 1947-57 marked the birth of the New Look to the death of Christian Dior and the advent of Yves Saint Laurent. 

The exhibition continues till 2 November and opens to the public on July 12th. 

Palais Galliera

musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

10, av. Pierre 1 er de Serbie 75116

Tuesday to Sunday with a late night Thursdays and closed Mondays and bank holidays


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.