08 June 2011


 The Palais Cardinal was built in 1639 as the personal residence for the influential minister, Cardinal Richelieu. After his death it was bequeathed to Louis XIII who died one year later. The Sun King, Louis IX then lived here before moving to The Louvre and then Versailles. It was renamed The Palais Royal and today houses the Ministry of Culture and the Bibliotheque of France which has 6 million books, maps and documents.

                     A part of the splendid and symmetrical Jardins du Palais Royal.

"La Petite Robe Noir " ( The Little Black Dress ) is a very well known shop situated in the arcades of the Palais Royal. Selling only black vintage frocks from the 1920's - 80's it appears a little intimidating at first, as you can only enter by ringing a bell, but the clothes are stylish and timeless and very appealing.

The owner, Didier Ludot, began collecting couture gowns in the 1970's and is said to have started the vintage craze. He also sells his own designs at a nearby shop and often visits with his two bull dogs.

I know the photos are shocking - all shadows and no substance, but I really wanted to tell any of you who may be interested about this little gem.

"La Petite Robe Noir"
24 passage de la Galerie Montpensier
Jardin du Palais Royal
1st arrondissement

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