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The Palais Galliera Unveils New “Anatomy of a Collection” Exhibition

It will feature 100 landmark garments worn by icons like Audrey Hepburn and the Duchess of Windsor

As if the Met’s Manus x Machina offering wasn’t enough to quell our fashion exhibition yen, Paris’ Palais Galliera’s Musée de la Mode has just unveiled a new “Anatomy of a Collection” exhibition, curated by fashion historian Olivier Saillard. It will be on display at the gallery until October 23.  

The show includes 100 iconic pieces that date from the 18th century to present day, all dug up from the museum’s vast archive. Must-sees include an orange Jean Paul Gaultier dress from Fall 1984, a corset worn by Marie Antoinette, a Givenchy day dress donned by Audrey Hepburn in 1966, Elsa Schiaparelli’s overcoat, and a blouse that belonged to a WWI nurse. 

Saillard told WWD that he chose to display the pieces in a dimly lit setting, with garments encased in glass so that the layout recalled a natural history museum. Surely, this exhibition is not to be missed by anyone who dreams of strolling through fashion’s history.

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