Must see fashion museums in France

Finnish cloths in the Musee de la mode et du textile, commons.wikimedia.org

There are a large number of museums in France. Most of them are arts museums, including gorgeous collections of paintings, drawings, statues or sculptures. You can also find in France different themed museums, including technology, music, literature and so on. But have you heard about the interesting food or fashion museums of France? If you hadn’t, read on, because in the following article there will be presented the best fashion museums of the country. As we all know, France is worldwide famous for its fantastic fashion designers and gorgeous perfumes. It is not a surprising fact that French people are proud of it and created these interesting fashion museums.

Musée de la mode et du textile

This fantastic museum can be found in Paris, more precisely in the Louvre Museum. It makes part of the collection named “Les Arts Décoratifs”. The museum includes exceptionally collections of embroidery, silks, cotton, tapestry, lace and costumes. It was born by merging two collections, one of which was the property of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It opened its doors to the public in 1986. Today, the museum displays a collection of about 6.000 items which is part of its more than 80.000 works relating to the history of costume. It even includes textiles dating from the 7th century. The collections of the museum include works of famous fashion designers, such as Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Raoul Dufy and so on. The museum is open every day, except Mondays. (September 2012)

Finnish cloths in the Musee de la mode et du textile, commons.wikimedia.org

Musée de l’Éventail

It is a private museum which also can be found in Paris. The museum is related to fan-making and fans. Musée de l’Éventail is housed in a workshop dedicated to fan-making which is named “Atelier Anne Hoguet”. Today the collections are exhibited in a showroom and were established by two fan-makers in 1893. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1993. Some fans included in the collections date from the 18th century. The collections are undoubtedly very interesting. The Musée de l’Éventail can be visited several afternoons a week. (September 2012)

XIV Louis fan, fr.wikipedia.org

Musée du Parfum

Also named the Fragonard Musée du Parfum, it is a private museum located in Paris. It was established in 1983 in a spectacular 19th century house. Besides perfumes, the interesting museum includes antique perfume bottles, perfume extracts, toiletry sets, containers and so on. There are also displayed shows on how perfume is made and packaged. The museum can be visited daily and there is no entry fee. (September 2012)

Exhibited perfumes at Musee du Parfum, photo by Nico Paix/Flickr

Osmothèque

It is also a perfume museum and conservatory at the same time which can be found in Versailles. The museum was founded in 1988 as a conservatory and repository. The goal was to recover several lost formulas of perfume. There are several lectures held here presenting the trends, art and industry of perfumery.

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