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Dedicated to fashion and its history, the Palais Galliera has initiated several ongoing exhibitions. The one devoted to the great Spanish fashion designer Balenciaga, currently on display at the Musée Bourdelle (see article Balenciaga, L’oeuvre au noir) and, in the Palais Galliera itself, the one that brings back the great popular singer Dalida to life thanks to her wardrobe. A very eclectic wardrobe made of favorites from ready-to-wear boutiques in Paris or elsewhere for her private life, and creations by couturiers for her stage dresses: Jean Dessès for her first outfit at Bobino in 1958, a strapless red velvet dress for a new-look silhouette that we particularly like; Pierre Balmain or Loris Azzaro for her long, fluid dresses, dramatized by black or white strass in the seventies; and costume makers Michel Fresnay and Mine Barras Vergez for the television shows of the eighties, who created highlighting costumes - black unitard and cape of pink ostrich feathers - and shaped her distinctive legendary silhouette. From her early years in Paris, where she became known with her Bambino song at Bobino to her last years when she triumphed on all stages of the world, the exhibition glamorously reflects the life of the woman who had started in Cairo as " Miss Egypt ". Showcasing her wardrobe, accompanied by excerpts from her shows, films and songs, it is both dazzling and touching, just as the mythical Dalida was, a flamboyant and fragile star.

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For a very Parisian evening, we recommend you to dine, after a performance at the Opera Garnier (note that this one, one of the most beautiful theaters in the world by its architectural and decorative splendor, is open to visitors every day from 10 am to 5:30 pm), at the Café de la Paix on the Place de l'Opéra. Here is a mythical place of the Paris of the 19th century where writers and politicians of the time used to meet. A "Rendez-vous du Tout-Paris" where Maupassant, Oscar Wilde, Zola and Caruso would come. Today its sublime decoration has been completely restored: with its beautiful frescoes, gilded paneling, Corinthian columns and Second Empire furniture, it is a symbol of the French art of living. Tea room as much as restaurant, its card proposes an updated classic cooking along with its famous French onion soup created in 1862, to have after the show.