April 29, 2002
Not to be confused with the Musee de La Mode and du Costume in the 16th arrondissement, this annex of the Louvre in the Rohan wing offers a peaceful respite from the beehive atmosphere of the Louvre's main galleries.BR>
Selections are rotated every 6 months, like the objets d'art that they are, and are presented by theme. When I was there, the theme of the exhibit was the "Art of the Orient." Going back to the 17th century, all manner of clothing from head to toe (for men and women) displayed Asian influences, either in form or in fabric. For example, a lovely 18th century ballgown had a detailed and intricate Asian garden sceneembroidered on its skirt, complete with fountains and courtesans. You'll come to appreciate the ability to throw on a pair of sweats and just go.
Be sure to go upstairs for a spectacular view of the Tuileries Gardens.
From journal Alt.Paris (Alternative Paris)