A free exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville is giving visitors a chance to see some of the best pieces of clothing that the fashion industry has to offer, at one of the most well-known monuments in Paris. Until July 6, 2013, guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can see nearly 100 of the most beautiful dresses ever created, designed by the likes of Chanel, Balenciaga and many other famous fashion houses.
The Hôtel de Ville’s exhibition is entitled ‘Paris Haute Couture,’ and given the history of haute couture in Paris, it provides a perfect opportunity for fans of fashion to discover these dazzling designers in a city known for high fashion.
For this exhibit, almost 100 dresses have been borrowed from the prestigious collection of the Musée Galliera, one of Paris’s fashion museums. In addition to the dresses, sketches and photographs complete the exhibit and provide context that explains how these pieces were conceived and brought into reality.
Since 1945, the term ‘haute couture’ has been protected by French law. The term’s legal status requires all ‘haute couture’ garments to be created by hand in two-person workshops. The garments must be unique, with no reproductions, and an entire collection of at least 30 different pieces must be composed. In addition, haute couture designers must participate in at least two runway shows per year.
In the strictest sense, haute couture only exists in Paris, but this strict definition is rarely adhered to. On the other hand, all the other qualities that make this kind of fashion special are highly respected and followed by the fashion industry.
Those who want to see the unique creations of the haute couture industry should head to the Hôtel de Ville during their visit to Paris.