"La mode retrouvée" at the Palais Galliéra
Famous for her beauty and her legendary elegance, the Countess of Greffulhe inspired Marcel Proust, the character of the Duchess of Guermantes in “In Search of Lost Time” … and the greatest designers of his time. Deemed to be the most beautiful woman in Paris – by her style and mind – she staged her appearances, knew how to be rare in tulle, gauze, chiffon and feathers, wearing her kimono jackets, velvet coats, oriental patterns, adorned with golden, silver, pink and green tones. Through fifty models signed by the biggest couture houses of the time, the Palais Galliera takes us in the delicate luxury that was reigning in Paris for more than half a century. B.D.