Posts in the Valerie Steele category

Watch Laurent Cotta, head of graphic arts at the Palais Galliera, and Dr. Valerie Steele engage in an exciting conversation at The Museum at FIT’s 16th fashion symposium, Proust’s Muse, held on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

The day-long symposium was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe. Researchers from the United States and Europe discussed the connections between fashion, patronage, literature, and the arts in turn of the century France.

Stay tuned as more recordings from the symposium are made available on our YouTube Channel.

Welcome to Proust’s Muse, from Dr. Valerie Steele


Cover of La Mode retrouvée

palais-galliera-logos-smThis exhibition was developed by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées.

Several years ago, at the Dior couture show, I was sitting next to Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera, The Fashion Museum of the City of Paris. When he told me that he was organizing an exhibition on the Countess Greffulhe, I knew that I had to bring it to New York. The Countess Greffulhe was a true fashion icon and one of the inspirations for Marcel Proust’s immortal fictional character, Oriane, the Duchesse de Guermantes. My second book, Paris Fashion (1988) had a chapter on “Proust’s World of Fashion,” but I never dreamed that these clothes still existed. They are truly extraordinary!

Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe runs through January 7, 2016 at The Museum at FIT in NYC and is based on the exhibition, La Mode retrouvée: Les robes trésors de la comtesse Greffulhe.

This blog runs concurrently with the exhibition and will include unique object posts, exhibition videos, press, and other exhibition related material that will introduce you to the Countess Greffulhe and the exhibition Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe.

— Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT