I am reproducing again, this wonderful quote from the book from Lucinda Holdsworth “true Pleasures, a memoir of women in Paris” Because I think it sums up my feeling about Paris.
“Paris is one of those cities you could unpeel for a lifetime and still not succeed in uncovering all it’s variety, it’s multiple personalities. There’s 17th century Paris, revolutionary Paris,Boneparts Paris, existentialist Paris, avante-garde Paris. The real Paris, modern Paris,with it’s clochards and dog poo, ethnic vibe and snobbery and local corruption, lives in complex partnership with the Paris of yesterdays and the Paris of my imagination, for Paris is an idea as much as a place.”
One thing I did manage to get to, on my list, in Paris, was the fashion exhibition at Musee Des Arts Decoratif which is on till March 31st,
This exhibition displays French fashions from the middle of the 19th century till about 1910. It cost 11 euros to enter and you could also see the permanent displays of jewellery. Sadly half of the museum was closed off for renovations.
The models were tiny. Around 5 feet. Shows how women have got taller in around three or four generations. It was fascinating to see how these women dressed every day. Very impracticable clothes. I assume these clothes that have lasted were high end fashions, but working class women probably aped these styles, as they do today.
Here are my pictures, before I was stopped. Decide for yourselves whether it was worth it.
What was happening a year ago.
I was making soup.