Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Explore the nearby Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Guests in the fashion business at Hôtel La Tamise in the 60s were crazy about it even back then.

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The museum lies in the Louvre's Marsan wing (Rue de Rivoli) and the size of its collections makes it one of the best decorative arts museums in the world celebrating beauty and function coming together. 

 

Decorative Arts 

 

Musée des Arts Décoratifs proudly showcases artisan expertise, the evolution of styles, technical innovations, creativity and the influence of artists involved in everyday life. It pays tribute to famous names who have put their stamp on French lifestyle and tastes: Boulle, Sèvres, Aubusson, Christofle, Lalique, Guimard, Mallet Stevens, Le Corbusier, Perriand, Starck

The museum has 11 "period rooms" where visitors can experience pieces in context. You can explore Jeanne Lanvin's private apartment by Armand-Albert Rateau, a museum masterpiece of the Art Deco period.

The collections give a snapshot of decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day through furniture, design, toys, jewellery plus the Fashion & Textile and Advertising & Graphic Design department.

 

Fashion

 

In keeping with the neighbourhood where you'll also find Hôtel La Tamise, fashion takes pride of place in the museum. Fashion and textile collections along with posters and advertising may only be displayed in temporary exhibitions due to how sensitive they are to light but they are no less impressive. There are now estimated to be over 150,000 costumes, fabric accessories, photographs and drawings from 3AD to the present day. The collection features rare pieces and antiques from French fashion brands from the start of haute couture to today: Paul Poiret to Popy Moreni, Madeleine Vionnet to Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior to Yves Saint-Laurent.

Continue exploring the museum to find out how to dazzle as you peruse the jewellery gallery. If you're interested in the history of fashion, you'll love the fashion museum in Palais Galliera in the 16th arrondissement.

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