Word that Paris is getting its first permanent fashion museum is likely to be met with furrowed brows from those who can’t believe the French city practically synonymous with capital ‘F’ fashion doesn’t already have one. But it’s true! They don’t!
Thanks to $6 million worth of support from Chanel (who else?) and the city government, this situation will soon be remedied. The Palais Galliera, which has hosted several traveling fashion exhibitions over the past few years, will become home to a permanent exhibition as soon as 2019. Housed in the renovated, 7,211-square-foot Salles Gabrielle Chanel — that’s Gabrielle Chanel Rooms to you — said exhibition promises to offer a journey through fashion history that begins in the 18th century, ends in the 2010s, and is probably punctuated by a whole lot of Chanel. There will also be a bookstore, learning annex, and room for rotating exhibitions.
Okay, so the Palais Galliera is already pretty much thought of as Paris’s fashion museum, but that permanence — not to mention the high-profile backing by Chanel — gives it a new weight on par with style institutions like the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum at FIT. No word on what the inevitable construction means for the Margiela exhibition the museum is slated to hold in 2018.
But also, can we talk about how beautiful and star-studded that opening is going to be? What’s more, will Chanel host one of its famed runway shows there? Will there ever be a Palais Galliera gala to rival that of the Costume Institute? Only time will tell.