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.
Looks like a lovely exhibition….but your description of the women being “tiny ” at 5′ made me giggle. I’m 5’1″
LOL! Hi Nancy…..sorry I wasn’t being “smallist” it was just striking that ALL the examples were small.Which makes me think that the average height of women at that time was smaller than today.
Lovely fashions! The women of those days always had such a small waist – must have been very uncomfortable to be all cinched up like that! Glad you could sneak a few photos before they asked you to stop! That’s always a challenge in Paris!
And I definitely agree with the words of Lucinda about her love for Paris – my sentiments exactly!
You know, this is one of my favourite books. I read it over again. It is such good reading for a solo trip to Paris and ot os a nice thin book to fit in your handbag.