Paris Haute couture – homage to ‘petites mains’

Haute couture was born in Paris in the mid-19th century, and the city is still the capital of this special art. The city pays tribute to the tradition of couturiers and the ‘petites mains’ with a new exhibition at The Paris Hôtel de Ville. Paris Haute Couture is showcasing some exceptional examples of haute couture dresses or outfits, chosen from among the most beautiful pieces in the Galliera museum collections.

The “Paris haute couture” exhibition boasts around a hundred haute couture branded models on display in the Salle Saint-Jean of the Paris Hôtel de Ville. Drawings and photographs will add the finishing touch to the exhibition. The exhibition has been created with the support of Swarovski. The exhibition tells the story of the luxury industry with its flamboyant designers and uniquely talented seamstresses: Worth, Doucet, Poiret, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou, Chanel, Molyneux, Rochas, Maggy Rouff, Jacques Heim, Nina Ricci, Schiaparelli, Jacques Fath, Balenciaga, Grès, Balmain, Carven, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Courrèges, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacroix, Alaïa

“Paris Haute Couture”
Exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville
From 2nd March to 6th July 2013
Open every day from 10am to 7pm (except Sundays and bank holidays)
Admission free of charge
Hôtel de Ville
Salle Saint-Jean, 5 rue de Lobau, Paris 4th arrondissement.