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Coco Chanel's hands. Gants Schiaperelli

Coco Chanel‘s  hands at work and Schiaperelli‘s surrealist gloves both feature in this summer’s fashion must-see exhibition Haute Couture at the Paris Hotel de Ville.

Exposition Paris haute couture à l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris.

Fashionistas need no excuse for a trip to Paris– but if you’re looking for one the current Haute Couture exhibition at the Hotel de Ville (on till early July) is definitely worth a visit. Curated by the Musée Galliera‘s Olivier Saillard and Anne Zazzo, ‘Paris Haute Couture’ opens with a selection of black and white photographs of some of the best known hands in fashion- literally – and continues with sketches and toiles and then opens into a hall containing key pieces from the history of couture cleverly displayed in glass cases which allow for 360 degree viewing.

Balenciaga 1967Lanvin 1929

Exposition Paris haute couture à l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris

A beautiful catalogue has been produced to accompany the exhibition

Haute Couture catalogue

Curator Olivier Saillard introduces the exhibition here:

Haute Couture runs from 2nd March to 6th July. Open Monday-Saturday 10-19:00. Free admission.

Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint-Jean 5 rue de Lobau, 4e, Paris