Whether you’re in Paris for a lover’s getaway, a summer retreat or simply to enjoy a glass of Bordeaux, it’s the perfect destination to experience rich history, design and style. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, one of the foremost influential art museums in the world, for an afternoon of viewing some of the most significant innovations that’s changed the socio and economical cultures of the past and present.
Now through September 18, the cultural arts museum pays homage to the iconic Barbie Doll that’s been an iconic figure to aspirational girls since 1965. The exhibit takes visitors through Barbie’s life, from inception to present-day, with displays on her fashions, evolutions, careers and the impression she’s made on millions of young women.
It’s a beautiful tribute to Barbie and her inventor, Ruth Handler, a woman who broke through the fully male-run toy companies of her time and the impact on young girls who aspired to be something other than housewives or mothers. Everything about the doll and her history is on display—from her silhouette to hairstyles and clothing, to the advertisements and famous collaborations with celebrities and designers—that demonstrate how the Barbie brand has been able to stay socially relevant and adaptable since Ruth conceived her over 50 years ago.
After your visit, you’re in the perfect spot to walk around the Jardin des Tuileries, or soaking in more artistic appreciation at the Musée du Louvre, where da Vinci, Delacroix and Puget’s paintings and statues can be admired first hand.
If you’re in the need for an afternoon pick-me-up, head to Angelina, where you can sip the most divine “chocolat chaud”, touted as being the best in the world. Ready for dinner? Head to the most sophisticated locals’ favorite restaurant, Chez L’Ami Jean. Stéphane Jégo’s menu is otherworldly and has an impeccable wine list to match, and its signature dessert, “riz au lait”, will undoubtedly leave a smile on your face.