Anatomy of a collection

Jean Paul Gaultier, "Seins obus" dress, Autumn / Winter 1984-1985, "Barbès" collection. From the Palais Galliera's collections - © Eric Poitevin/ADAGP, Paris 2016

Jean Paul Gaultier, "Seins obus" dress, Autumn / Winter 1984-1985, "Barbès" collection. From the Palais Galliera's collections - © Eric Poitevin/ADAGP, Paris 2016

From 14 May to 23 October 2016, and from 3 Novembre 2016 to 12 February 2017

From 3 November 2016 to 12 February 2017, the "Anatomy of a collection" exhibition will be extended and will become "Anatomy of a collection - Part II" with a new display. This exhibition will temporarily be closed to the public for its new installation from 24 October to 2 November 2016.

Who wears what? This is the question put by the Palais Galliera’s Anatomy of a Collection exhibition. Ranging from court wear to work overalls and from celebrities to unknowns, the exhibition draws on the Galliera collection for garments and accessories illustrating fashion from the 18th century to the present day.

Examples: from among all the corsets in the Museum’s storerooms, Anatomy of a Collection is presenting Marie-Antoinette’s; and from among all the blouses, one that belonged to a First World War nurse whose name has not come down to us... The Dauphin’s suit, Napoleon’s waistcoat, Empress Josephine’s dress, Castiglione's blouse, Cléo de Mérode’s riding jacket, a worker’s trousers, George Sand's dress, Sarah Bernhardt’s cape, a Zouave’s uniform, Mistinguett’s T-bar shoes, Gala Dali’s shoe-hat, a workman’s apron, Audrey Hepburn’s outfit, Elsa Schiaparelli’s overcoat, the Duchess of Windsor's dress, a dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier (Jackie Kennedy), and more... Two hundred items with or without pedigree, but identified with the people who wore them.

Anatomy of a Collection (14 May - 23 October 2016) et Anatomy of a Collection - Part II (3 November 2016 - 12 Febuary 2017) are a selection of garments with historical associations that reflects the essence of the collection and the complex task of attribution demanded by each of these heritage pieces. An invitation to discover all the rich variety of the Museum’s holdings.

Curator : 
Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera,
And the City of Paris Fashion Museum's curating team 

With the generous support of         

Visitor information


Full price 9 € l Reductions 6 € l Free to people under 18 years

Accepted payment methods : 
Cash, checks, debit card (except American Express)

In application of the Plan Vigipirate (anti-terrorist security plan), luggages are not allowed. There is no cloakroom inside the museum. The Palais Galliera's team is not authorized to keep the personal effects of the visitors. We thank you to submit you to the controls set up to assure your safety. We wish you a good visit.

Accessibility's exhibition:

- Visitors with a disability
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10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 Paris

Opening times :
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Late openings on Thursdays until 9 pm
Closed on Mondays and public holidays*
Ticket office close 45 minutes before closing time (Last entry to the exhibition).

* The museum is open on Sunday 15 May (Whitsun) and will be specially closed on Tuesday 5 July. 

Getting here :
Métro : line 9 (Iéna or Alma-Marceau), line 6 (Boissière)
RER line C (Pont de l'Alma)
Buses n°32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 82, 92
Vélib' : 4 rue de Longchamp, 1 rue Bassano, 2 avenue Marceau
Autolib' : 1 avenue Marceau, 33 avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, 24 avenue d'Iéna

Social networks : 
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