Museum Trip: “Degas: Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade”

september, 2017

Event Details

Just a few places remain on the bus… so we’ve extended ticket sales until September 6th.

Come along with us on an excursion to San Françisco on Sunday, September 17, to see the temporary exhibition of Degas: Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade at the renowned Legion of Honor. Our bus will leave the Alliance parking lot at 8:45am to drive to San Francisco, where we’ll have a timed entry to view the special Degas exhibit. The day continues with lunch (bring a bag or try the museum cafeteria) and time to see the other temporary and permanent galleries, before a late afternoon return to Sacramento.

8:45 am: Bus leaves Alliance Française parking lot, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
5:30 pm: Bus returns to Sacramento

The trip includes transportation in a large, comfortable bus, admission to the Legion of Honor and the special Degas exhibition.
Snacks will be served in the bus.

AF members: $70
Nonmembers: $80
High School/College students: $55

Registration deadline: September 6 – but only a few places remain on the bus!

Payment options:
Credit card: Purchase tickets online or call the office at (916) 453-1723
Check: Send your check to Alliance Française, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, CA


Degas: Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade

Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, “dared to go into ecstasies in front of the milliners’ shops,” Paul Gauguin wrote of his lifelong friend.

Degas’ fascination inspired a visually compelling and profoundly modern body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called “the aristocracy of the workwomen of Paris, the most elegant and distinguished.” Yet despite the importance of millinery within Degas’s oeuvre, there has been little discussion of its place in Impressionist iconography.

The exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. At this time there were around 1,000 milliners working in what was then considered the fashion capital of the world.


Current exhibitions at the Legion of Honor:

  • Parallel Visions: Poets, Artists, and the Book
  • Sarah Lucas: Good Muse
  • Séraphin Soudbinine: From Rodin’s Assistant to Ceramic Artist
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine



(Sunday) 8:45 am - 5:30 pm


Legion of Honor

San Francisco,


Alliance Française de Sacramento