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Musée Galliera

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Musée Galliera

The ornate Renaissance-style building was built in the late 19th century as a home for the private art collection of Marie Brignole-Sale, the Duchess of Galliera. Construction was finished only after the duchess' death, in 1894, although she had bequeathed the property to the city shortly before she died. Her only wish had been that the building serve for the display of sculptures. Life, however, takes unexpected turns. Following several changes of ownership, the Galliera Palace finally became a fashion museum in 1977. The museum has now already been reconstructed twice, although its history actually reaches back to 1907, when the French historian and collector Maurice Leloir established the Société de l'Histoire du Costume and agreed in 1920 to donate his own collection of 2000 garments and accessories to the city of Paris with the condition that it would open a museum of fashion. Today, the museum has more than 90,000 objects in its collection representing the best of three centuries of fashion.

10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
75116 Paris

10/2013

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