06/12/2012 10:40 EDT | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Louvre Museum Opens Storied Hallways To A Ferragamo Fashion Show, Making History

PARIS - For the first time in its near 900-year history, Paris' iconic Louvre Museum is opening up its storied hallways to fashion: a catwalk show by Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo.

The mid-season resort collection being held Tuesday is a celebration of a brand that began as a shoemaker for Hollywood's first stars — and went on to become a household name for ready-to-wear both for men and women.

The Florence-based house was granted the unprecedented access to the museum thanks to its sponsorship of the Louvre's current exhibition of "The Virgin and Saint Anne," the last painting by Florentine master Leonardo da Vinci.

The Louvre is also respectfully tipping its hat to Florence: a city which — like Paris — has been a pole of creativity across the centuries.

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