Since its renovation in 2013, the Musée de la Mode de Paris has become the absolute reference point for amateurs of the subject. The collections, with more than 200,000 garments, accessories, photographs, drawings, illustrations and prints, are among the most comprehensive in the world. The textile pieces reflect French dress conventions and clothing habits from the eighteenth century to the present day. Whether extravagant or precious, plain or everyday, the pieces reflect the creative genius of fashion – up to and including its latest and most contemporary manifestations. The museum has historically presented objects from its priceless albeit fragile collections exclusively through a programme of temporary exhibitions.
These exhibitions were either monographic (e.g. Givenchy, Fath, Carven, Castelbajac, Grès, Alaïa, Jeanne Lanvin, Fortuny, Martin Margiela) or thematic (e.g. The History of Jeans, Japonisme in Fashion, Fashion and Gardens, The Roaring Twenties, Sous l’Empire des Crinolines, The 1950s) and they attracted an ever-increasing number of visitors. In order to provide a wider and more satisfying experience for the public, the museum found a way of doubling its exhibition space by transforming the basement level into new galleries.
By combining the two levels it will now be possible to host large-scale temporary exhibitions or to present the permanent collection – periodically renewing it due to the fragility of the pieces – so that the visitor is presented with a fascinating history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day.