A HISTORY OF FASHION COLLECTING & EXHIBITING AT THE PALAIS GALLIERA – Episode 1 October 2-March 13, 2022 Episode 2 April 2 – June 26th 2022


Dear Shaded Viewers,

One year after its reopening in 2020, the Palais Galliera will inaugurate its new galleries ‘A History of Fashion Collecting & Exhibiting at the Palais Galliera’. The exhibition examines the museum’s history and collections bringing together over 350 objects from the collection – clothes, accessories, graphic arts, and photos. The scenography is inspired by the museum’s reserves. The show will run from October 2, 2021, through June 26, 2022, and will be exhibited in two parts.

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 exhibi- tions 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.

With support from the Confédération Européenne du Lin et du Chanvre I CELC 


Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum 

10, Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie,  Paris 16e 

Métro Iena or Alma-Marceau 

Opening times  

10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday 


One ticket for 2 exhibitions (‘A  history of fashion’ & ‘Vogue Paris  1920-2020’): 14€ (full price) to 12€  (reduced), free under 18  


Miren Arzalluz, director of the  Palais Galliera 

Marie-Laure Gutton, Head of the  Accessories department,  

and the entire curatorial team  

Colette Tran

A heuristic ignoramus.