The History of Haute Couture

09_1883It is only fitting (sorry) for the city of haute couture to house one of the finest fashion museums in the world. So if you visit Paris this summer, take a break from visiting the current palaces of haute couture to check out the Renaissance style palace that houses over 100,000 items of clothing and accessories from the 18th century to the present. You’ll find all the major articles of clothing, plus lingerie, gloves, jewels, shoes, scarves, muffs, hats and fans, from the simple to the most extravagant. All the major couturiers of the past and present are represented. It’ll put your Parisian shopping in the proper historical perspective. And since the only items to buy are in the gift shop, you won’t dent your budget. For more information, go to www.musees.paris.fr. Click on Musee de la Mode—Le Palais Galleira.

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