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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies



31 March to 28 June 2009

The Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies – Court Costume in Europe 1650-1800 exhibition recounts the history of Court costume in Europe and also highlights France’s major influence in that domain from the mid 17th century to the early 19th century.

For the first time, more than 200 works (costumes, jewels, illustrations) linked to prestigious European monarchies have been brought together for an exhibition which will only be on display at Versailles.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, the Pitti Palace in Florence, the Louvre, Musée Galliera, Les Arts Décoratifs, Les Archives Nationales and private collectors have agreed to lend their works. The royal collections of London, Dresden, Denmark (Rosenborg Castle), Sweden (Livrustkammaren), Portugal (Ajuda Palace) and the imperial collections of Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum), the tsars of Russia (the State Hermitage Museum), and the Cologne Cathedral are being displayed for the first time outside their country of origin. This event falls within the framework of the exhibitions evoking court life in the 17th and 18th centuries, much like Versailles and the Royal Tables in 1993-1994 and When Versailles was Furnished in Silver in 2007-2008.

With court costume a genuine political language, whose primary function was to visually convey the hierarchy of power, was developed. The costumes on display evoke the extraordinary circumstances in which the monarchy was founded, the life of European monarchs and their courtesans, (anointing, crowning and ceremonies of royal Orders), as well as the prestigious circumstances found at all courts, such as weddings. The outfits worn during these events are remarkable in the way they submitted to the formalism of court Etiquette.

It is the sumptuousness of the materials, fabrics, embroidery, lace and trimmings and the accumulation of gems and jewellery that decided which court costumes were suited for a particular circumstance. The costume thus became a showcase for the luxury goods trade, of which it used the technical and aesthetic innovations. With the rising importance of fashion and the accelerated renewal of costume conventions, court costume quickly evolved. Yet the numerous orders made in Paris by European royal houses attest to the major influence of France in the world of court costume and fashion owing to the remarkable quality achieved by Parisian craftsmen.

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