You have till 19 August to see the Paris 1900 at the Petit Palais
'The Petit Palais was built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, like its neighbour the Grand Palais, on avenue Winston Churchill. It became a museum in 1902. Designed by Charles Girault, it is based on a trapezium shape and is made up of four wings around a semi-circular garden bordered by a richly decorated peristyle. The architect achieved a successful blend of traditional and modern architecture which is evident in the natural flow of visitors around the building and in the bold openings he created onto the Champs-Elysées gardens and inner courtyard garden'.
It's good I went early in April and forgot to tell you about it. The inside of the Petit Palais
Reflects the paintings in the exhibit.
Wonderful painted scenes
Of people who came to see the Grand Exposition, the Exposition Universelle.
If only we still looked like this...
Never mind. Isadora Duncan danced in Paris. Or is this Loë Fuller twilling?
The 1900s produced lots of sculptures. Quite a few twirlers.
The parasol...an essential for everyday outings.
And of course the Cancan and the Moulin Rouge
The term Parisiennes was created.
What to wear...so many guides even then.
Black in Paris was de rigueur even then. Plus Paris rain.
The riding habit along the Champs-Elysees
Ah the fabulous frills, buttons and bows
Hats were essential. This one's seen better days no doubt...
Where are the milliners of yesteryear?
And the garment workers in the back rooms looking quite jolly..
Well there's loads I haven't shown you. Just go to the Petit Palais and pretend you're in Paris 1900. It isn't hard.