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{travel | places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

by victoria berezhna | view previous articles

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

Amidst the Victorian era, when women wore exquisitely embroidered long gowns with meters of fabric on the skirts and petticoats shaped by a bustle and corsets, had magnificent chignons of all sorts and could only purchase clothes through couturiers, the Galeries Lafayette were built on Boulevard Haussmann . . .

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

. . . creating, for the first time, a place where Parisians could indulge themselves in clothing from designers like Paul Poiret, or all types of exotic goods and textiles imported from the East, creating little luxuries available to everyone.

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}


Throughout the 20th Century, Lafayette progressed to being one of the most important department stores in Paris, after an iconic performance by Edith Piaf in 1951 and the installation of their extraordinary Christmas tree and decorations, reflecting the luxury of the store itself, and highlighting the architectural masterwork evident in every corner.

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

Upon entering the store bathed in golden and white light, one looks up to see la coupole soaring above the luxury stores, surrounded by intricate mouldings and gilded details . . .

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

Reminiscent of the opéra and la belle époque, one realises just how much history surrounds Galeries Lafayette and how once, travellers from around the world came to Paris solely to indulge themselves with luxury, whether it be a couture gown or an embellished candle douter.

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

{places : at the galeries lafayette, paris}

[images 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 by victoria berezhna // 2 - haussmann // 3, 9, 11 - victoria on instagram // 8 - parisplus // 10 - flipkey]


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4 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth Locke said...

What beautiful photographs! Adding this to my list of things to do next time I am in Paris! xoxo

August 01, 2013  
Blogger NotesFromAbroad said...

Ahhh, you remind me of my first trip to Paris. The photos I also have of the ceilings and the great memories of shopping at the Galleries Lafayette !
I still have the Gucci bag that I bought there :)

August 01, 2013  
Blogger BKCsquared said...

The way the wind catches her skirt is just beautiful! I also love how the Eiffel Tower sits in the back of the photo, not quite noticeable, but so grand once your eye catches a glimpse.

This inspires me to visit Paris once again...and soon!

xo, B
BKCsquared

August 01, 2013  
Blogger Illustrated Lines said...

Love this post. Stunning photos!

August 02, 2013  

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