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Musee de la Mode et du Textile in Paris

The museum is part of Les Arts Decoratifs, which is located at The Louvre museum and here you can discover collections of textiles such as silks and embroideries along with costumes that trace the history of dress and design from the regency period to the present day.

The beginnings of the Musee de la Mode et du Textile.

The collection of textiles originally belonged to the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs first opened back in 1905 with a major collection of textiles such as silks, embroideries, lace, tapestries, etc.

Then in 1948, under the initiative of Francois Boucher who was was a costume historian, the Union Francaise des Arts du Costume or UFAC for short, was founded with the idea of setting up a museum dedicated to costume and period clothing.
And it was under the direction of the curator, Yvonne Deslandres, with her direction and energy, that the UFAC over the years became home to one of the largest collections of costumes in the world.

Then in 1981 the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs and the Union Francaise des Arts du Costume came to an agreement in which to join forces to create the Musee des Arts de la Mode, however, it took a further five years before this museum was open to the public within the Pavilion de Marsan in the Louvre Palace.

The collections and exhibition galleries were then transferred to the Rohan wing of The Louvre in 1997 and spread over two floors, they provided much needed additional space for the impressive collection.

About Musee de la Mode et du Textile Museum Today

Today, still located within the Rohan wing of The Louvre split over two levels, there is around 1500 metres squared of exhibition space that makes up the part of the Musee de la Mode et du Textile, or Museum of the Costume and of Textile in English, that you can visit.

Here you will be able to discover innovations in textiles from the 7th century onwards along with tracing the history of costume from the Regency period right through to the present day.

The collections of the Musee de la Mode et du Textile rival the largest collections in the world like the Musee Galliera in Paris, which was formerly known as the Musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan museum in New York.

Incredibly this museum in Paris now holds around 16,000 costumes, 35,000 fashion accessories and around 30,000 textiles, which is continually growing.  And although these are not all on display at any one time, as well as the permanent collections, temporary exhibitions on different themes are also held, so there is always something new to discover while you are on holiday in Paris.

Not forgetting that the Les Arts Decoratifs is also linked with the restaurant called Le Saut du Loup, which can be found within the Louvre and is accessed via the museums, so this is an ideal place to relax in a unique setting before continuing your sightseeing.

Visiting Musee de la Mode et du Textile Museum in Paris

As of 2013, a combined ticket to visit this museum along with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Musee de la Publicite is a cost of €9.50.  Alternatively you can also opt for the complete ticket, which incorporates you being able to visit the Musee Nissim de Camondo that is located in the 8th Arrondissement as well for only €12 and audioguides are also included in the discounted price.

However, for those that are disabled with a carer, you can gain free entry upon proof and the disabled access to the museums is via a lift at 105 Rue de Rivoli.  People under the age of 26 who are EU residents can also gain free entry to the museum, in addition to students of the Ateliers du Carrousel.

Now when it comes to travelling to the Rue de Rivoli museums and the famous Musee du Louvre that are located in the 1st Arrondissement close to the River Seine, there are numerous different forms of public transport available.

To start with, you have the Metro stations called the Palais Royal - Musee du Louvre, which is the nearest stop and is accessed via lines 1 or 7.  Then you have the Tuileries stop or the Louvre-Rivoli stop via line 1, yet the Pyramides stop is via lines 7 or 14 and the Concorde metro stop is via lines 1 or 12.

By bus you would need one of the numbers 21, 27, 39 48, 68, 72, 81 or 95, yet there is also the Batobus, which is the water bus that travels up and down the River Seine, not forgetting the bus tours in Paris like the open topped double decker l’OpenTour buses.  However, if you have you own transport, then there is a car park at the Carrousel du Louvre on the Rue des Pyramides, but bear in mind there are height restrictions and different costs depending upon how long you wish to stay.

Address and Contact Details

Musee de la Mode et du Textile
107 Rue de Rivoli
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 55 57 50

Related information

  -  Musee des Arts Decoratifs
  -  Musee Nissim de Camondo
  -  Musee de la Publicite
  -  Ateliers du Carrousel
  -  Le Saut du Loup Restaurant

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Musee du Louvre museum
  -  River Seine
  -  Tuileries Gardens
  -  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  -  Pont des Arts Bridge of Love

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