A Museum for Male Fashion in Argenton Sur Creuse


The Musée de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine is a museum dedicated to the shirt and male fashion. We had been there many times but, little as it is, we always find something new in this museum.

Male fashion

In 1885 only in the region of Argenton Sur Creuse there were 9 textile factories employing 1259 women

Musée De La Chemiserie Et De La Elegance Masculine.


September 18 and 19 was the Journee du Patrimonie. This means that during these two days most museums and touristic places in the area were open to the public free of charge. To take advantage of the incentive to appreciate our local touristic spots I took my little ones to the Musée de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine.

Located in the Indre department, in the town of Argenton Sur Creuse, the shirt museum rends homage at an industry that lead the lives of the locals during the 1900s.

In 1968, 66 factories were making shirts in the Indre department, 16 of them were based in Argenton sur Creuse and Saint Marcel.

Why A Museum Of The Shirt In Argenton Sur Creuse?

The idea of having a museum dedicated to the shirt and male elegance was born at the start of the 1980s, thanks to an incentive started by the ministry of culture. At the time, Jean René Gravereaux ex industrial in the fashion world and his wife had the idea to create a museum dedicated to the shirt and textile industry as it represented a professional activity created and exploited heavily in the area. This is how they created an association and looked for the input from ancient workers and anyone who had to do with the clothes industry in the area.

Lately, thanks to local subventions the Musée de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine has been able to improve its collection, buying more items.

The museum opened on 1993 to the public.


Nowadays, as a result, the Musée de la Chemiserie has a rich collection of more than 12000 pieces between textile (clothes) technical equipment (sewing machines and other pieces) posters and documents.



Male Fashion

The Man of Fashion: Peacock Males and Perfect Gentlemen
The Man of Fashion: Peacock Males and Perfect Gentlemen

The Man of Fashion is an exuberantly designed and illustrated celebration of men through the ages who have dressed extravagantly in order to show their power, to express their sexuality, to set themselves apart from the conformist herd--or simply out of sheer joie de vivre.

 

Argenton Sur Creuse, France

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A markerArgenton Sur Creuse, town centre -
36200 Argenton-sur-Creuse, France
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B markerMusée de la Chemiserie -
Rue Charles Brillaud, 36200 Argenton-sur-Creuse, France
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The Museum Of The Shirt And Male Fashion

There are permanent collections in the museum as well as temporary collections. The general theme of the museum develops around the origins of the shirt, its evolution through the centuries, and male fashion.

On the second floor, there is a workshop where you can discover the different stages of making a shirt. But perhaps the most interesting part of this workshop is the fact that you can discover here the women who worked in the industry. Through photos and video testimonies, you can meet the women who made history here. True enough you can meet some of these women in the streets of Argenton, it makes it very special to have a glimpse not only in the work these women did but also in their lives, their expectations and their dreams.

A Museum For Children

Children are at ease at this museum as they can wander around freely and interact with many parts of the exhibitions. For example, there is an interactive area where children can learn about materials, they can touch different clothing materials and learn how the material is made from scratch.

Musée de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine.

Muse de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine seen from the pont over the Creuse River.
Muse de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine seen from the pont over the Creuse River.
Muse de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine: the side
Muse de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine: the side
Muse de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine: The main entrance
Muse de la Chemiserie et de la elegance Masculine: The main entrance
Shirts at the Shirt Museum
Shirts at the Shirt Museum
Military Shirts
Military Shirts
Sewing machines
Sewing machines
Me trying on a machine
Me trying on a machine

More Than Just Shirts And Male Fashion

The Musée de la Chemiserie is more than a museum. It is a place where ex workers in the clothing industry found a place to exhibit their collections, share their experiences and share the importance that this industry had in the local economy and the lives of the people in the area.

In 1885 only in the region of Argenton Sur Creuse there were 9 textile factories employing 1259 women, without counting all those who worked from home.

In 1930, 150 establishments were officially registered in the Syndicat des Confectionneurs (an association of clothe makers).

In 1968, 66 factories were making shirts in the Indre department, 16 of them were based in Argenton sur Creuse and Saint Marcel.

In 2006, there was only one shirt making factory left in the area.

Meet the women who made history

Museum Of The Shirt And Male Fashion Temporary Exhibits

Yearly exhibits

Although the Musee de la chemiserie is relatively small, you can visit at least twice a year when the yearly exhibits get changed.

This year one of the exhibits –starting in February 2010- is about Sewing Machines.

Sewing Machines: Yearly Exhibit.

Invented by Barthelemy Thimmonier in 1830 and improved by Singer in the United States and Vigneron in France; the sewing machine changed the history of fashion from 1850.

Sewing Machines: Yearly Exhibit

First sewing machine
First sewing machine
Sewing machine Howe, 1885
Sewing machine Howe, 1885

A museum where children can touch

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learning about materialsguessing materialsthe garden, touching the lin
learning about materials
learning about materials
guessing materials
guessing materials
the garden, touching the lin
the garden, touching the lin

A Fun Museum For Children

Creative workshops

Creative workshops once a month for children aged 6 to 12 years old

2,50€ the session.

You would need to book in advance. There are two groups one starting at 2pm and the other one at 4pm.

My little ones love going there for the monthly activity, they always come home very happy with hand made cards, embroidery, button dolls and many other crafts that they enjoy making. One of the crafts my little Princess enjoyed the most, and she keeps doing, was painting with rose petals on cloth.

Birthdays

Forget celebrating your little one’s birthday in Mc Donalds. What about going for a more interesting option –and cheaper- at the Musee de la Chemiserie? Open for children 6 years old and upwards it is the perfect birthday present for a little girl and up to 9 guests. The birthday package comprises a craft activity, birthday cake and refreshments for 10 children for the very affordable price of 35€

Musée de la Chemiserie et de L'Elégance Masculine


Address : rue Charles Brillaud, 36200 Argenton-sur-Creuse

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 12 at from 2pm to 6pm.

Annual closing on January and February. 

Prices: 4€ for adults and 2€ for children under 16.  Free for children under 6 yeas old.

Email : musee-chemiserie@wanadoo.fr

Telephone : 02 54 24 34 69

Web site : chemiserie.cc-argenton.fr

Free visits: The Museum is free to visit every first Sunday of the month.

The Museum also takes part  in the Journee du Patrimonie which means that twice a year it open its doors free of charge to the general public during the weekend.

How to get there ?

By car

By train, directly to the Argenton Sur Creuse train Station.

Argenton Sur Creuse seen from the Musee de la Chemiserie

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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

This museum sounds like a very interesting place. I hope to travel to France and Europe some day.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Princessa, Wonderful informative hub! I visited France many years ago and it was quite intriguing... There was so much to see... Thank you for sharing this marvelous virtual journey. It has refreshed such fond memories... Great illustrations and such interesting details! Very well presented!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

This is utterly fascinating. I've never seen anything like it.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

ecoggins: It is interesting to see how male fashion has evolved and it is fascinating to see how the textile industry in the area affected the lives of its people.

DeBorrah: You are so right, is there so much to see in here that it is difficult to decide on what to see. We have been here now for 5 years and we are still discovering plenty of new and interesting places to visit.

Patty: so nice to see you! France is full of surprises... what about a "snail race" or a "donkey festival" where you can try on donkey sausages? France is anything but boring!


Silvia 6 years ago

Princessa, thank you for sahring this beautiful and interesting journey. Blessings.


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butterfly Tattoo 6 years ago from Dallas Texas

So many beautiful towns and villages, Its lovely to see them, No wonder so many french people holiday at home


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

I'd really enjoy a visit here. I wish men were more fashionable here in the US - if they dress it is always the same - suit and tie - sigh! How clever to have a space for children here. Makes sense.

Wonderful hub. Rated up!


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

Silvia: Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

butterfly Tatoo: That's right. When I just arrived here I found weird to hear that my French friends rarely travelled outside France. Now that I've been here for several years, I understand why.

TheListLady: Thanks for the rating up. They really try to make the museum appealing for children; last year there was a "perfume and smells" exhibition where children were able to try different smells, to see how perfume was made, and to see by themselves where do the smells come from and their effects. My little ones loved trying all the different aromas.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I want to go, I want to go! lol, lol, Nice Hub Princessa Blessings!!! When you get a chance, come visit me. Thank you for sharing, I like...


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

drpastorcarlotta: You should come, I would happily show you around, I am sure that you would love it. Thanks for the invitation :)

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