The diva’s divine panoplyLa divine panoplie de Dalida

She was a glamorous star par excellence, shining brightly in French chanson through the second half of the 20th century.

For more than three decades, Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti, aka Dalida, was the center of attention.

Conscious of her magnetic appeal, the Italianborn singer sought to cultivate her own style with the freedom and sophistication of an artist.

All the great names in the fashions of the day–Carven, Jean Dessès, Loris Azzaro, Michel Fresnay–dressed her on and off the stage.

To mark the 30th anniversary of her death, Palais Galliera features the multi-lingual artist’s superb wardrobe, highlights of which include New Look dresses from the 1950s, a red Hollywood-style strapless sheath, a Balmain “chasuble” dress from the sixties, disco-style outfits and Yves Saint Laurent designs, all bearing witness to an idea of French fashion that’s both romantic and playful.


Une garde-robe, de la ville à la scène
Until 13 août
Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10, avenue Pierre-Ierde-Serbie, Paris 16e (01 56 52 86 00)
To read in Paris Worldwide