Historic Fashion Periodicals at Les Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ library is home to many a fashion magazine, a fact currently honored via an exhibition on new acquisitions and old favorites at their imposing space in the Louvre.  Fashion publications for mass consumption first appeared in the 18th century; Les Arts Décoratifs’ collection is focused primarily on the 19th – 21st century with issues by titles like La Mode Illlustré, Le Jardin des Modes, Elle, French Vogue, and the relatively short-lived La Gazette du Bon Ton, among others.  Périodiquement Rouge celebrates this vast archive, which consists of entirely complete collections (in the case of French Vogue & Elle), gaps or even isolated single issues.  The museum amped up acquisitions in 2010 and 2011, yielding in new additions like 7 of the earliest issues of Art. Goût. Beauté. or Monsieur, the first men’s-only fashion magazine, of which all issues from 1920 – 1924 were acquired in in December 2011.  On view through 27 April 2012.

Périodiquement Rouge.  Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs. 111 rue de Rivoli, 75001. Open Mondays 1pm – 7pm, Tuesdays from 10am – 7pm, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 6pm.  Closed Weekends.

Paris – Flou, Fashion Plate circa early 1920s

La Gazette du Bon Ton, February 1914

Paris – Élegant, fashion plate featuring Jean Patou dresses, circa early 1920s

French Vogue, 1 November 1925

Elle, 8 January 1941

Le Petit Echo de la Mode, 20 October 1946

Modes et Travaux, January 1950

Silhouette, 1950

Elle, February 1951

La Dépêche de Paris, Winter 1962

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