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vintage fashion in paris

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Don’t call the Galerie Renaissance, a vintage shop; owner Corrine Than-Trong prefers to consider herself an antique dealer. Whatever the terminology, her gallery on Paris’ Left Bank is a favorite address among couture connoisseurs for its trove of fashion show jewelry creations, accessories, and couture numbers sourced from private collections around the world. On Thursday evening, a number of clients packed into the tiny space to admire Les Strass du Vintage, a temporary exhibition of star pieces including a YSL couture suit, a Chanel haute couture dress dating back to Mademoiselle’s era, and a Lanvin cocktail dress. The star of the show, a long Balenciaga evening gown (pictured), was preemptively acquired by Nicolas Ghesquière for the house archives (for an undisclosed sum) and loaned for the exhibition. While everything here is for sale, Than-Trong doesn’t like to discuss prices, but one-off runway jewelry signed Thierry Mugler, Schiaparelli, or Christian Dior is comparatively accessible, with prices starting around 250 euros (about $364); dresses by Lanvin or Patou tend to reach into the lower four digits; and real-deal leopard jackets can run up to five (best not to travel through customs with those, however). Les Strass du Vintage will be up through October 30.

And if you’re in Paris this weekend and crave an extra shot of vintage shopping, the espace Pierre Cardin in the eighth is hosting Les Années Orange, a show devoted to “contemporary” vintage fashion, furniture, and accessories (dating from the sixties on)—all of which is for sale.

Photo: Courtesy of Galerie Renaissance

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