We could be bitter that Ralph Lauren is pledging to restore a French institution instead of one here in his mother country, but when you’re dealing with a storied history like that of the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, one of Paris’ most famous art schools, it starts to make more sense. What we are wondering about is why one of the haute couture houses didn’t seize the opportunity to save the struggling fine art schools — leave it to the Americans, ey?
Ralph Lauren will fund the two-year modernization project and mark the occasion by staging his first European fashion show ever along with a gala dinner at the arts center on October 8. It’s sure to be a night not soon forgotten considering that the school is famed for its stunning architecture, and is located on the left bank, across from the Louvre. Over the course of the venture, the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts will have its lecture theaters renovated, website updated, as well as have the latest technology introduced to their facilities.
Anyone fearing traitorism, that Lauren might not show in New York Fashion Week, rest assured, the designer will show his Spring 2013 collection here in the city, and Fall 2014 in Paris. And with that, we can’t wait to see the outcome of this quintessential American in Paris story.
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