Christmas came early in Paris as Galeries Lafayette swathed their entire store in lights to celebrate 100 years of their iconic Dome.

Galeries Lafayette’s fabulous art nouveau dome was created in 1912 designed by architect Ferdinand Chanut and glass artist Jacques Gruber. “100 years the Dome” is been held at the flagship store of the Boulevard Haussmann, a true Parisian symbol.

French visual artist Yann Kersalé created the installation, called Chrysalide, which uses hundred of lights mounted on steel to set off shimmers of multi-colored illumination. This magical creation will change color schemes throughout the year, continuing the department store’s ongoing centennial celebration.

To mark ‘100 years under the dome’, Galeries Lafayette is staging a series of exhibitions in the Galeries des Galeries on the first floor, relating to the building’s architectural heritage and the store’s leading role in fashion. Running until 26 January 2013, the exhibitions cover everything from Galeries Lafayette’s history to its ethos of art–meets-fashion.Galeries Lafayette Inaugurated Louis Vuitton Holiday Windows last Tuesday night on the theme “The Ball of the Century”, to mark the centenary of the store’s stained glass dome.

 An elephant switched on the lights at Galeries Lafayette.

The window displays feature a menagerie of exotic animals flocking around leather goods and ready-to-wear, along with vintage luggage to chart Vuitton’s 158 years of history.

 The Swarovski tree at Galeries Lafayette.

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