1950s fashion at Pallais Galliera

Culture, Fashion, History

1947. Christian Dior transforms the feminine silhouette forever, making the women forget the austerity of the post war years and embrace the ‘new look’ that inspired generations of fashion designers to come.

The New Look was “direct, unblushing plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female.” Vogue, 1957

 Yet, Christian Dior was not the only couturier who showcased the marvels of tailoring during the golden age of haute couture, that gave the world such names as Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Balmain and many others. Their names have truly become synonymous with elegance and luxury, their business drove the French economy of the time. The exposition gathers 100 dresses and accessories, retracing the history of the feminine silhouette from 1947 to 1957.

Sumptuous embroidery, glamorous evening gowns and diverse dresses marvelous in their simplicity, 50s is an absolutely enchanting trip into the past that embraced the hourglass allure. The collection inspires, and it is no wonder that for a creative viewer the temptation to pull out a notebook and start sketching the design is simply too hard to resist.

Some of the stunning garments could have easily taken their rightful place on the modern runways. The favorites? Dior’s 1952 Palmyre evening dress that has once been amongst the favorites of the Duchess of Windsor and Marlene Dietrich; a classy black&white suite by Carven and of course, Jacques Fath’s white evening gown delicately embroided with… corn!

Here’s some practical information:
Address: 10, rue Pierre 1er de Serbie

Metro : Alma-Marceau (Line 9), Iéna (line 9), Boissière (line 6)

Open Tues – Sun, 10 am – 6 pm

Closed Mondays and state holidays

Official Website 





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