Lonely Planet review
A trio of privately administered collections – Applied Arts, Advertising and Fashion & Textiles – sit in the Rohan Wing of the vast Palais du Louvre. They are collectively known as the Decorative Arts; admission includes entry to all three. For an extra €2, you can scoop up a combo ticket that also includes the Musée Nissim de Camondo in the 8e.
The Arts Décoratifs (Applied Arts) section takes up the majority of the space and displays furniture, jewellery and such objets d’art as ceramics and glassware from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the art-nouveau and art-deco periods to modern times. Its collections span from Europe to East Asia.
On the other side of the building is the smaller Musée de la Publicité (Advertising Museum), which has some 100,000 posters in its collection dating as far back as the 13th century and innumerable promotional materials. Most of the space is given over to special exhibitions.
Haute couture (high fashion) creations by the likes of Chanel and Jean-Paul Gaultier can be ogled in the Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Museum of Fashion & Textiles), home to some 16,000 costumes from the 16th century to the present day. Items are only on display during regularly scheduled themed exhibitions.