Paris’s first permanent fashion museum will open in 2019

Updated on March 13 2017

For the past four years, the Palais Galliera in Paris has presented temporary exhibitions honouring major designers from different periods in the history of fashion, from the very first retrospective on Azzedine Alaïa in 2013, to the current exhibition on Cristobal Balenciaga. Recently, however, the Palais Galliera has announced that it will soon be able to house permanent exhibitions — thanks to exclusive support from the House of Chanel — as they revealed expansion plans to create additional galleries dedicated to fashion.

Already considered Paris’s fashion museum, the Palais Galliera currently hosts temporary exhibitions only.

The project was made possible following a €5.7 million contribution from Chanel, and  the new space, which will open in 2019, shall be named “The Gabrielle Chanel Rooms”, bearing the name of the House’s founder.

“This initiative represents a lasting commitment to creation and to the strength of Paris, which are at the heart of Chanel’s business,” says Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Chanel Fashion. “Supporting an institution like the Palais Galliera is part of our mission to bring fashion history to life.”

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Located in the basement of Palais Galliera, the brand-new, 7,211-square-foot area will be open to the general public year-round. It will house more than 200,000 items from the history of fashion, starting in the 18th century through to the present day, including clothes, accessories, photographs and graphic art. Once the project is completed, it will become the only permanent fashion museum in France, giving you yet another reason to start planning a trip to Paris in 2019.

Palais Galliera, 10, rue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris; +33 (0)1 56 52 86 00, palaisgalliera.paris.fr/en/palace